School Streets pilot to go ahead as council granted enforcement powers
An 18-month School Streets pilot at six Shropshire schools is set to begin in February next year, after the Government’s minister for roads and local transport signed the Order that will enable enforcement of the scheme.
The Order gives Shropshire Council the power to enforce a range of ‘moving traffic’ offences from 22 July 2023 – and enforcement of the School Streets programme using ANPR cameras will be the first use of these powers.
School Streets are streets outside of school gates that have temporary restrictions on motorised traffic (except for permit holders) during school drop-off and pick-up times.
Under the new ‘moving traffic offences’ legislation Shropshire Council will be able to enforce School Streets using ANPR cameras.
Six schools will take part in the trial, namely:
- Gobowen Primary School
- Market Drayton Junior School
- Woodside Primary School, Oswestry
- Mereside Primary School, Shrewsbury
- Whitchurch Junior School
- Castlefields Primary School, Bridgnorth
The new powers mean that ANPR cameras can also be used to enforce the School Street already in place at Coleham Primary in Shrewsbury – implemented using coronavirus powers.
For the first six months of the pilot a grace period will be in place for first-time offenders.
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