Wiltshire Council has made an announcement about the permit system that will come into effect with the introduction of the People-Friendly Salisbury Low Traffic Zone (LTZ). The permits are free and are available now, they will allow some vehicles to enter the LTZ.
People Friendly Salisbury will see pedestrians and cyclists prioritised in several city centre streets as a result of restricting through traffic movements.
Some vehicles will not require a permit to access the LTZ, including emergency vehicles, buses and coaches, taxis and bicycles.
Residents and commercial vehicles that are loading and unloading, plus Blue Badge holders, can also access the zone in motor vehicles, including motorcycles, but they will need to apply for a free permit. Vehicles over 7.5t are not able to access the LTZ between 10 am and 4 pm, and outside of these times, they will also need a free permit.
The scheme starts on Wednesday 21 October, and any residents, businesses and Blue Badge holders that wish to access the LTZ in a motor vehicle on that date will need to apply for a free permit before then.
To apply for a free access permit for the LTZ, please go to Want to park Wiltshire before Wednesday 21 October, when the LTZ will come into force. People can also apply after this date and throughout the 18 months of the scheme, but if they wish to have access from Wednesday 21 October onwards, they will need to apply beforehand. Unauthorised vehicles that enter the LTZ will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Residents, businesses and Blue Badge holders can now apply for free permits to access the LTZ in a motor vehicle.
“The online system makes it easy for eligible people to apply and manage permits, and maintain access to the LTZ.
“People Friendly Salisbury will reduce through traffic in the city centre, improving air quality and prioritising pedestrians and cyclists.”
Free residents’ and Blue Badge holders’ permits will be valid for one year from point of issue; free loading/unloading permits will be valid for one month.
As Blue Badges are attached to a person and not a vehicle, when registering for a permit, Blue Badge holders can add the registration numbers for two vehicles they may use, and if they then wish use another vehicle, they can easily change the vehicle details on the online permit system.
People can also email email@example.com with any queries about the permit system.
More information, including detailed FAQs, is available at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/salisbury-people-friendly-streets