Glasgow introduces car-free zones around schools


Motorists in Glasgow are to be deterred from parking or driving in the vicinity of two schools as part of a new pilot scheme.

The Merrylee and Our Lady of the Annunciation primary schools are to establish special zones around the premises where it is deemed unsafe to park – a move designed to improve safety and encourage children to walk or cycle to school.

Because the exclusion zones are community-driven and are not legally enforceable, it is hoped that they will be able to achieve their goals without the need for expensive road traffic orders, reports the Herald.

It represents the first scheme of its kind in Scotland and could potentially be introduced more widely if it proves successful.

Jim Coleman, Glasgow City Council’s executive member for land and environmental services, said: “When it comes to school travel, everyone’s priority must be safety, not convenience.”

Earlier this year, Greater Manchester Police involved local schoolchildren in a series of road safety awareness initiatives designed to encourage safer driving around schools.

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