No offences at pedestrian zones outside Dundee schools despite claims of drivers flouting rules

The pedestrian zone in St Mary’s Lane.

No offences have been recorded since a scheme to prevent vehicles using roads near two primary schools was introduced more than four years ago.

Brought into effect in 2013, the ban means that vehicles are unable to access roads outside St Mary’s RC Primary in Lochee and Forthill Primary in Broughty Ferry between 8.30am-9.15am and 3pm-3.30pm.

Areas of St Mary’s Lane in Lochee and Fintry Place in the Ferry become pedestrian zones during these times.

Parents in Lochee previously described the zone as an accident waiting to happen, as drivers continued to use the streets.

Broughty Ferry councillor Craig Duncan said he had recently visited Forthill Primary.

He said: “You would like to think people are adhering to the measures that are in place.

“Visiting Forthill Primary last week, it was evident that there were blatant examples of people ignoring parking restrictions by mounting the pavement with their vehicles.

Fintry Place, Broughty Ferry

“It would appear to be only a minority of drivers who don’t seem to care where they park when collecting children from the school.

“It is important that enforcement is carried out at the right times to ensure that restrictions are being enforced, whether that is by the police or traffic wardens on the site around the school grounds.

“I know the local police are working hard to crack down on people who are committing offences during the peak times — particularly when pupils are leaving school in the afternoon.”

A spokesman for Dundee City Council said: “We work closely with Police Scotland to ensure that any problems are avoided where vehicles and pedestrians could potentially come into conflict.

“While vehicle speed is not an issue in St Mary’s Lane, it is a narrow cobbled street with two small footways and the proximity of very young children to vehicles is a major concern to parents and teachers.

“We would remind drivers to heed the signs.”