Council seeks to 'block' school run

Council seeks to 'block' school run

Motorists using roads near four schools in Scotland could soon find them shut during peak times, it has emerged.

Perth and Kinross Council wants to pilot the drop-off and pick-up time closures to gauge the effectiveness of school exclusion zones.

If councillors give the 18-month pilot the green light, roads near the four primary schools will be closed to traffic for between half an hour and 45 minutes when pupils are arriving at school in the morning and then again when they are leaving in the afternoon.

The council hopes the measures, which will prevent school-run parents from parking on the roads, will cut congestion and improve road safety during drop-off and pick-up times.

The Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) councillors are being asked to approve will affect roads near Luncarty, Coupar Angus, Burrelton and Arngask primary schools.

Local residents and businesses, as well as the emergency services and other permitted vehicles, will be exempted from the TRO.

Councillor John Kellas is convener of the council's enterprise and infrastructure committee. He admits the move would result in some parents and pupils having to change their routines.

But he says school exclusion zones have the potential to improve road safety and encourage parents and pupils to walk or cycle to school instead of using their cars.

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