Parents driving their children to school could face up to £130 in fines in bold new regulations by council bosses. A dramatic new plan to enforce fines upon parents driving their children to school is being trialled in London in a bid to tackle air pollution and dangerous driving.

Two schools in the capital will trial the scheme before it could be expanded. Cars will be banned from roads near to schools at drop-off and pick-up times in a bid to reduce harmful levels of air pollution. It has recently been revealed that air pollution caused by car engine emissions can cause heart attacks and strokes. Pupils are now being encouraged to walk or cycle to school by council bosses.

Restrictions for motorists parking in these areas would apply between 8.30am-9.15am and 3.15am-4pm. The penalty for drivers caught parking in these areas would be £130, reduced to £65 if the fine is paid within 14 days. Residents who live on school streets can apply for an exemption so that they can still get to and leave their home by car.