School Streets: Applying for an exemption
Some people are eligible to apply for a free School Streets exemption. This grants them access to the School Street during operating hours so that they won’t receive a fine.
Those eligible for an exemption are:
- residents who live within the School Street (2 per address)
- those with a permit for a controlled parking zone (CPZ) on the school street – you will still need to apply for a free School Street exemption
- Blue Badge (disabled) holders who require access to the street during the specified times
- pupils of the school that have a disability that prevents them from walking or cycling to school
- medical practitioner attending someone with an address in the School Street
- school bus/vehicle (only the school may apply)
You can apply for an exemption online. Applications will be processed within 5 working days.
If you believe you require an exemption for the School Street for any other reason, please email Smarter.Travel@haringey.gov.uk
Vehicles not eligible for an exemption
Visitors, including tradespeople, dog walkers etc
- Residents and the school staff are expected to let planned visitors to their street know about the School Street so that they can make suitable transport arrangements
- Visitors will not be granted exemptions for their vehicle to arrive at the times of the School Street. Instead, it is advised that any planned visitor either chooses to walk or cycle their journey, park their car in a nearby street and walk the short distance to the school, or arrive outside of the hours of the School Street
- Home deliveries etc should avoid driving into the School Street during operational times
- Our School Streets are small and therefore, during operational times, delivery companies can make the last part of the journey on foot
Letting people know
- Our School Streets are all signed at the entrance, in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions - which set out how restrictions are conveyed to road users
- Advanced warning street signs will be installed on the approach to the schools so that people driving are aware of the times of the School Streets and will know not to drive through
- We have worked with partners to update online navigation systems
- Letters have been sent to all addresses in the vicinity of the school street to advise of the School Street
- Schools have been raising awareness of the schemes with pupils and parents/carers
Driving out of the School Street
No-one needs an exemption to drive out of a School Street. You only need an exemption to drive into the School Street.
Change of vehicle
If you change your vehicle you will need to apply for a new School Street exemption using the online form and provide the new evidence.
Owning a parking permit does not entitle you to drive into a School Street and the two systems are not connected. If you are a parking permit holder and think you may be eligible for a School Street exemption you should apply for a School Street exemption.
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