Renfrewshire Council

Safer Schools pilot

A vehicle exclusion zone is in place in certain streets around four local primary schools as we aim to create a safer, healthier school environment for our pupils.

Safer Schools image So what's happening?

From Monday 19 April 2021, running until 31 December 2021, a part-time vehicle exclusion zone is in place at the start and end of the school day in some of the surrounding streets of four schools within Renfrewshire—with the aim of solving congestion issues, reducing emissions, and ensuring the safety of children around our schools.

The scheme promotes active travel and asks parents, carers and pupils to walk, wheel or cycle to school on their daily commute.

What schools are taking part and which roads are restricted?

You can see the streets affected here - Online map.

Primary schoolRestricted timesRestricted roads 
St Catherine's, Gallowhill8.30am - 9.15am

2.30pm - 3.15pm
Brabloch Crescent and Netherhill Road Safer Schools - St Catherine's Primary
St Charles, Paisley8.30am - 9.15am

2.30pm - 3.15pm
Rowan Street and part of Thrushcraigs Crescent Safer Schools - St Charles Primary
Lochfield, Paisley8.30am - 9.15am

2.30pm - 3.15pm
Quarry Road Safer Schools - Lochfield Primary
Barsail, Erskine8.30am - 9.15am

2.45pm - 3.30pm
Park Moor Safer Schools - Barsail Primary

So what does this mean?

There are no vehicles allowed in the cul-de-sacs which access the schools outlined above during the restricted times - unless they have an exemption.

What are the exemptions?

We recognise that it is necessary for certain vehicles to continue to have access to these streets at all times. Therefore, the following exemptions apply:

  • Those issued with a permit i.e. residents and school staff;
  • Emergency services, including doctors on call, district nurses, carers and support workers;
  • Postal service vehicles serving properties within the restricted roads;
  • School buses and school transport serving the school within the restricted roads;
  • School Contract Taxis;
  • Blue badge holders dropping their child off, or residing at or visiting properties within the restricted roads.

If you feel that you have a reason for exemption that is not currently listed, please raise this with us via Safer Schools.

Where should I park instead?

We want to encourage active travel to our schools by leaving the car behind so please walk or cycle if at all possible.

If you do need to bring the car, please park safely away from the school and walk the final part of your journey.

This will reduce emissions, congestion and make it safer for pupils to come to and from school each day.

How is this enforced?

An experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) is in place during the pilot and Police Scotland are able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for anyone found driving in these streets during the restricted times without a valid exemption.

Our Wardens Service are also available to support our colleagues in the Police whenever possible.

How can I let you know my views?

This project was due to begin in April 2020, but the Coronavirus pandemic meant that it was not able to be implemented. However a significant amount of consultation was carried out which helped shape the current pilot, with feedback received from parents, teachers, parent councils, community groups, local residents and elected members.

We still want to hear from you though throughout the pilot, so you can give us feedback at any time which we will use to evaluate and, if necessary, adapt the scheme by speaking to your school directly, contacting us on 0300 300 0380 or emailing Safer Schools.

At the end of the pilot, a full evaluation will be completed and a decision made as to whether it should be made permanent, modified or withdrawn.