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Drivers face a fixed penalty, with a £50 charge, for driving in a street which is operating the new scheme, during restricted times. Birmingham City Council announced the plans for its Car Free School Street scheme which allows children to commute safely to school.

The order looks to restrict car traffic at each of the 17 sites at the beginning and end of the school day.

It lasts for 18 months at which point it can be made permanent, amended or removed.

The council said 80 percent of parents surveyed said they wanted the scheme to continue on their road.

Birmingham City Council’s Travel Demand Manager, Peter Edwards said: “The continued expansion of car-free school streets across Birmingham is particularly beneficial to children.

“I wholeheartedly support this development because it provides both immediate physical protection from motorised vehicles while also contributing to reducing pollution.

“I am delighted to see Car Free School Streets gaining momentum throughout the city.”

Permits will be issued to those residents whose access is affected by the road closure.

Blue badge holders, emergency services and health visitors will be exempt.

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Councillor Waseem Zaffar, cabinet member for transport and environment, praised the scheme, saying he was “delighted”.

Identified streets around schools will become a Pedestrian and Cycle Zone for agreed times (of between 30 minutes and one hour) at the start and end of the school day. 

Signs at the entrance to the zone will inform people of these restrictions. 

Motor vehicles cannot drive in this zone between these times unless they have a permit.

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