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We want to encourage everyone to avoid driving in School Streets during the restricted hours.

Exemption details

The following drivers can apply for exemption to these restrictions for their vehicles, using this form:

  • Residents and businesses within the School Street (up to 4 household owned vehicles per address excluding visitors/services)
  • Blue badge holders visiting a property in the School Street
  • Care workers serving a property within the School Street
  • Taxis (private hire) serving a property within the School Street

Automatic exemptions

The following vehicles serving properties in the School Street will be automatically exempt:

  • Emergency vehicles
  • Council waste trucks,
  • School buses and school transport
  • Taxis (Hackney carriages only), and
  • Royal Mail postal vehicles

Deliveries

  • Delivery vehicles are also exempt but must apply for exemption stating the ‘Reason for application’ as being ‘Other’. This is because not all delivery vehicles are liveried and easily identifiable
  • If a delivery vehicle has entered without submitting for exemption first, they should email schoolstreets@richmond.gov.uk as soon as possible to avoid a PCN
  • If they receive a PCN they should appeal the PCN providing proof of their delivery to an address within the restricted area where the alleged contravention took place.

St Richard Reynolds School Street zone has additional criteria due to the size of the zone.

Please do not confuse permits holders with holders of Controlled Parking Zone permits. These are entirely separate permits, and one does not cover the other.

How and when to apply for an exemption

If you meet one of the above criteria for exemption, you may apply by completing this form, and should apply 48 working hours before entering the restricted area. For example, if you plan to enter the School Street on a Thursday, please ensure you apply by the Tuesday before, or if you plan to enter on Monday, you should apply by the Thursday before.

If there is another reason why a vehicle should be exempt, please submit the form for consideration selecting ‘Reason for application’ as ‘Other’. This may include:

  • Tradespeople/service providers
  • Delivery vehicles
  • Essential visitors

Do not submit for another short term exemption before a previous exemption has expired for that vehicle registration number. The system cannot hold multiple entries in waiting and you may receive a PCN.

If you have had a specific need to enter before applying for an exemption, please notify us by email: schoolstreets@richmond.gov.uk and include the following information:

  • School Street you entered
  • Date you entered
  • Vehicle Registration Number (VRM) that entered
  • Reason for entering without exemption
  • Proof of eligibility (i.e. service/delivery/job schedule)

This may apply to taxi drivers, delivery drivers, emergency utility call outs etc. This notification should be done before the end of the day you entered the School Street. Notifications received by us later than the day of entering the School Street will need to follow the statutory appeals process, if a PCN is issued.

If you are applying on behalf of a visitor, taxi or delivery driver, please complete the form as if you were them (select no you do not live within the School Street).

Who cannot apply

The following vehicle drivers cannot apply for exemption (unless eligible under one of the criteria above) and will be liable to a penalty charge notice if they enter the School Street during the operational times:

  • Residents living outside the School Street
  • Parents/carers dropping off/collecting children at the school

Exemption limits

There is a limit to how many cameras a single car can be exempted from. This is due to the system used by the camera operator and is unfortunately not something we control. If you regularly require access for more than one School Street (e.g. health/care workers, school transport, school nurses) please email schoolstreets@richmond.gov.uk to arrange the best solution for you.

Which schools are moving to ANPR

This form applies only to those School Streets enforced by camera. Currently, those are:

A further 4 schools are being included for ANPR enforcement and residents have been notified of the need to apply for exemption.

Further information on penalty charge notices can be found on the parking enforcement pages.

If you are unable to complete the form electronically please email schoolstreets@richmond.gov.uk or telephone 020 8891 7823 for assistance.

Apply for an exemption

Updated: 29 June 2022

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