Five Cardiff schools have been chosen to take part in a pilot scheme aimed at improving the safety of pupils.

The scheme will see roads leading to the schools closed to non-residents at the start and end of the school day – between 8.30am and 9.15am in the morning and 2.45pm and 3.45pm in the afternoon.

The initiative will be monitored over an 18-month period with a view to rolling out the scheme city-wide.

“This pilot scheme which not will not only improve the safety of children getting to and from school but will also stop parents blocking access to the school through inconsiderate parking – often idling their engines – which contributes to the air pollution that their children are breathing in,” said Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport.

Parents who ignore the new scheme and drive down the closed roads to drop off their children will be issued with a penalty charge notice of £70.