Seven school zone parking offences

School Zones NSW school zone sign

Did you know that parking-based offences attract harsher punishments when committed in a school zone?

The offences include obstructing access to a ramp/path/passageway, stopping on or too closely to children's crossings or general pedestrian crossings and stopping within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.

Stopping over a pedestrian crossing or otherwise obstructing access to a ramp, path or passageway would normally incur a $352 fine but in a school zone it will sting motorists $352. On top of this, not parking your car in the direction of travel or parking too closely, the dividing line in the middle of the road will also see you lose $352.

The heftiest fine of the seven is for stopping within 20m of an intersection with traffic lights, stopping within 10m of one without lights or stopping near bicycle lights – each attracting a $469 fine.

None of the seven offences attract demerit points when committed elsewhere on the road but in a school zone they each come with two points.

School zone parking-based offences and penalties

1. Stopping in intersection - if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $469 and 2 demerit points.

2. Stop within 20m of intersection (traffic lights) - if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $469 and 2 demerit points.

3. Stop within 10m of intersection (no traffic lights)  if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $469 and 2 demerit points.

4. Stop near bicycle crossing lights -  if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $469 and 2 demerit points.

5. Obstruct access to ramp/path/passageway - if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a penalty of $352 and 2 demerit points.

6. Not parallel park in the direction of travel - if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $352 fine and 2 demerit points.

7. Parallel park close to dividing line -  if a driver commits this offence in a school zone they will receive a $352 fine and 2 demerit points.

Download this pdf from Transport for NSW to see a full list of School zone offences, with penalties attached.

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