Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transport
Who is exempt?
SEND transport organised by the Council (wherever practicable). Exemptions will be provided for vehicles which are part of the regular SEND vehicle fleet. Exemptions will also be available for home-to-school transport organised and paid for by the Council where this is part of a regular arrangement involving the same vehicle or vehicles.
From 4 September 2023, the exemptions currently offered for the transport of people with special educational needs and disabilities to help with home-to-school transport will be extended to include travelling through diagonal filters within all 3 low traffic neighbourhoods.
This exemption will not automatically be available for SEND transport organised and paid for by the Council via black cabs/private hire or for ad hoc services organised by the Council, but officers from Highways Services and from Children Services will work in partnership to seek a solution to the challenge of exempting these vehicles, including cancelling PCNs when evidence has been provided to justify SEND passenger transport.
Where are they exempt?
The exemption applies to all LTNs but only includes filters which have an exemption permit plate. It may therefore exclude some LTN filters, e.g. diagonal filters where general vehicular access may not be safe.
What is the application process?
None. Exemptions are administered via prior vehicle registration notification.
Who is not exempt?
Exemption under this exemption category is not available for privately organised transport for SEND children (including where they get travel funding and where they do not). However, exemptions in this regard can be applied for via the individual circumstance exemption (provided that such transport is via the same vehicle on a regular basis).
Exemption under this exemption category is not available for parents/carers who live outside Haringey and transport children to SEND schools in Haringey. However, exemptions in this regard can be applied for via the individual circumstance exemption (provided that such transport is via the same vehicle on a regular basis).