School exclusion zones

On 7 June 2021 we introduced school exclusion zones at three primary schools.

This is for a period of 18 months initially.

The benefits of introducing school exclusion zones include:

  • an increase in walking, cycling and active lifestyles for pupils and parents
  • a reduction in traffic speed, congestion and air pollution around school gates

How will it work?

Vehicles cannot drive in or around the school streets when the scheme is in operation. Large signs are at the entrance to the scheme to show when the scheme is in operation. The signs also have flashing lights. Only those with permits will be exempt from the closure.

From 7 June 2021 the streets listed at the following schools will be closed between 8:30 am and 9.30 am and from 2.45 pm to 3.45 pm (8.30am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm for Langlands Primary school) during school term only:

  • Ferryden Primary School in Montrose – Craig Crescent from its junction with Craig Road Northwards
  • Muirfield Primary School in Arbroath – Timmergreens from its junction with Arbirlot Road
  • Langlands Primary School in Forfar – Taranty Road and Taranty Place from the junction with Lentlands Road eastwards.

Applying for a school exclusion zone permit

If you live within the streets affected by the restrictions, you should apply for a permit that you must display on your car windscreen. We will notify affected households by letter. If your household has more than one car, you can apply for a permit for each car. This only applies to those living at the address.

Please note the permit only exempts drivers from entering the School Exclusion Zone and not from the requirements of the associated parking restrictions.

To apply for a permit or make a change to an existing permit, download and complete an application form:

Apply for a school exclusion zone permit

Guidance notes

Privacy Statement


  • Disabled users displaying a blue badge will be permitted as well as emergency services and contract school transport dropping or picking up pupils from the school.
  • business owners can apply for permits for vehicles registered at their business address within the zone
  • Permits will be available for visitors including family members who do not live with you. These will only be issued where a specific need can be identified.
  • Permits are vehicle specific (except visitors). If you are about to change your vehicle, wait until receiving your new registration documents before applying
  • Delivery vehicles will have to abide by the restrictions
  • Parking (other than where School Keep Clear Markings are in place) is not affected by this scheme

Enforcement of the restrictions

  • The new School Exclusion Zone restrictions, where certain vehicles are prohibited from entering the affected streets, will be enforced by Police Scotland. The penalty for ignoring the signs will be a fine of £50.

  • The new parking restrictions implemented on surrounding streets, which are necessary as part of the trial and are indicated by double yellow lines and associated kerb markings, will be enforced by the Council’s Community Enforcement Team. The existing parking restrictions in these surrounding streets will continue to be enforced by the Community Enforcement Team. Contravention of the parking restrictions will result in a fine of £60 reducing to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Evaluating the trial

During the trial we will be evaluating certain markers such as:

  • air quality
  • traffic volumes
  • road accidents
  • congestion
  • uptake of walking, cycling and scooting

This will help us decide whether to make an exclusion zone permanent.

Your views

Your views on the scheme are welcomed - positive or negative. You can formally object to the proposals should you wish to do so.

This must be done within six months of the trial commencing or within six months of any change to the experimental order once it has started.

You can do this by writing to:

Roads and Transportation
Angus House
Orchardbank Business Park

Or email