A Perth High Street shop owner is calling on council bosses to do more to make clear whether or not the area is out of bounds for vehicles.
Stevie Morrison, of Body Piercing by Jooles, said drivers were still using the area between Scott Street and South Methven Street, despite measures to pedestrianise it.
He said: “I was at our shop and observed the lunacy surrounding the new pedestrian area.
“The amount of traffic using the road throughout the day was incredible.
“I even watched a council pickup come into the area, drive straight through, and out the other end. It is shambolic.
“It is just a matter of time before someone is hit by a car.”
A Perth and Kinross Council spokesperson said traffic was supposed to be barred between 11am and 4pm.
The spokesperson said: “Disabled badge holders are still able to park in the closed off section of the High Street and customers able to enter area before 11 or after 4 to collect goods or access services similar to other areas in the city centre.
“Police Scotland are responsible for enforcing traffic restrictions when they are in operation.”
The spokesperson added: “We have been contacted direct by local businesses regarding the measures and are currently making arrangements for a discussion with them to consider the points they raise and look at any adjustment that may be required.”
Businesses on George Street have also voiced their frustrations over changes outside their shops, including the placing of a parklet on a cycle lane.
Conservative Councillor Roz McCall said she understood the frustration.
“Due to the pandemic the whole system of local governance was under the process of delegated powers,” she said.
“The usual process of consultation and discussion was put to the side as the council was reacting to the need for additional space for pedestrians and cyclists to pass each other safely.
“This section of Perth has, unfortunately, been totally adversely affected by the changes and it is imperative that we halt the process to address the issues that are being brought forward.”