The Evening Standard reports that parents who use a car on the school run will be fined up to £130 in parts of London to tackle air pollution and dangerous driving.
The unprecedented action is being taken around two primaries and could be copied across the capital as part of the escalating battle against toxic air.
Cars will be banned from streets near the schools at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times and pupils will have to walk or cycle to lessons.
Hackney council is behind the “School Streets” intiative, at St John the Baptist C of E primary, Hoxton, and Tyssen community primary, Stamford Hill.
Feryal Demirci, Hackney’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks, told the Standard: “Too many children in Hackney are driven to school. It’s bad for air quality and it’s bad for their health.
“School Streets is one thing we’re doing to try to make it safer and easier for children to walk and cycle to school.”
Tyssen headteacher Jackie Benjamin said she hoped the traffic restrictions would improve air quality and road safety. She said “shocking footage” of cars driving on the pavement outside Tyssen primary showed more action was needed.
This week Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed plans to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2019. Motorists with the dirtiest vehicles will have to pay £12.50 a day to drive into central London.
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