Turning traffic Fines in funding for School Steet network expansion
Croydon School Street and Traffic Access Restrictions
The project was initiated in response to requests for the council to improve road safety and reduce congestion in the vicinity of the school gates. Public opinion no longer tolerates traffic and parking congestion or air pollution, in particularly near to schools.
Traditional parking enforcement proves ineffective near to schools. Croydon Parking Services operate camera enforcement of decriminalised parking and traffic contraventions:
- 105,000 parking contraventions
- 80,000 moving traffic contraventions
Local authorities have duty to exercise powers to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicles and other traffic, including pedestrians, and taking into consideration the national air quality strategy.
The ‘School Streets’ are designated as ‘Pedestrian and Cycle Zones’ except permitted residents during school opening and closing times. Any other vehicle that drives in during these times is sent a £130 fine. It is enforced by traffic cameras with automatic number plate technology. The results have been dramatic decreases in road congestion and increases in children walking and cycling to school. Croydon have now introduced 11 School Street schemes, covering 16 schools, with the next 10 schemes under development. Plan is to reach 50 schemes by 2023.
The income generated from the enforcement fines is invested in expanding the School Streets network.