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CCBC and Gwent Police work together to enforce pedestrian and cycle zones throughout the County Borough

Posted on : 29 Apr 2021

CCBC and Gwent Police work together to enforce pedestrian and cycle zones throughout the County Borough
Caerphilly County Borough Council have been working in partnership with Gwent Police to enforce the pedestrian and cycle zones outside schools within Caerphilly County Borough.

These zones prohibit motor vehicles from driving along the roads immediately adjacent to the schools at school start and finish times, to promote active travel and encourage parents to walk or cycle to school and improve road safety for the children.  In addition, the reallocation of road space to pedestrians makes social distancing outside the school easier to manage.

On Tuesday 27th April, Caerphilly Council’s Civil Enforcement Team conducted a joint operation with Gwent Police at The Twyn School, Caerphilly, to enforce the pedestrian and cycle zone which prohibits driving through the area during the hours of 8:35 -9:10 and 14:45-15:30.

Driving through a pedestrian and cycle zone during these hours is an offence that could result in a fine and points added to your licence.

On the afternoon of Tuesday 27th April, 17 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) were issued at The Twyn School for breaches to the zones and 2 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) were issued for parking offences.

This enforcement is raising awareness of the importance of pedestrian and cycle zones at the beginning and end of the school day and the implications of contravening the Traffic Regulation Order.

Further operations will be taking place at all schools with pedestrian and cycle zones within the County Borough over the forthcoming weeks.

Cllr John Ridgewell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “Our priority has always been to make the streets of the County Borough safer for pedestrians and motorists. For many schools across the County Borough the school run can cause traffic congestion, parking issues and most importantly, road safety concerns, so reducing this next to our schools is vital for the safety of our pupils, parents and staff. We want to thank all of our residents who are abiding by these and encourage everyone to follow the changes to avoid penalties.”

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