NSW and ACT School Zones

School Zones
School Zones

Term 3 is commencing in NSW and the ACT from Monday, 12 July 2021. Even with remote learning in place, many schools are still open and some students will be attending. If you must travel, watch out for kids and be aware that school zone speed limits apply.

What are school zones?

School zones are in place outside every school in NSW and the ACT to keep children safe during school travel times. They are marked by school zone road signs, flashing lights and dragon’s teeth road markings. There is a 40km/h speed limit within each school zone and heavy penalties for motorists who drive over the speed limit or break other school zone laws

School zones also include designated drop-off and pick-up areas to allow parents and carers a safe environment to take children to and from school by car. Many school zones also have school crossing supervisors in place to help students use crossings on roads adjacent to or nearby schools. 

Most* school zones operate from 8:00am to 9.30am and from 2.30pm to 4pm on gazetted school days (including school development days) in NSW and from 8am to 4pm in the ACT.

What else do I need to know about driving in school zones? 

Children are small, harder to see, behave unpredictably and are extremely vulnerable. They need you to take extra care when driving and parking around school zones. 

  • Observe No Parking Signs: You have 2 minutes to drop-off or pick up. You must stay within 3 metres of your vehicle. Failure to observe these rules can get you a $191 fine and 2 demerit points.
  • Observe No Stopping signs: Do not stop for any reason. The first 10m from an intersection is a No Stopping zone. Yellow kerb lines are also no stopping zones. Failing to observe these rules can get you a $344 fine and 2 demerit points.
  • Pedestrian Crossings: In a queue of traffic, no part of your vehicle can stop on a pedestrian crossing. It is unsafe to let your child out of a vehicle at a pedestrian crossing as this is a No Stopping zone. Failure to observe these rules can get you a $457 fine and 2 demerit points.
  • Driveways and Footpaths: do no park on our across a driveway or footpath. Failure to observe these rules can get you a $344 fine and 2 demerit points.
  • Double Parking: Double parking is illegal and very dangerous in a school zone and will get you a fine of $344 and 2 demerit points.
  • U turns: Illegal U turns in a school zone are dangerous and will get you a fine of $344 and 2 demerit points.

School Zone Dates - NSW - 2021

Dates  include school development days (also known as student-free days) as some students may attend their school on these days.

Notified school days 2021
Term 1 - Eastern Division NSW Wednesday 27 January to Thursday 1 April (inclusive)
Term 1 - Western Division NSW  Wednesday 3 February to Thursday 1 April (inclusive) 
Term 2 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June (inclusive) 
Term 3 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September (inclusive) 
Term 4 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)  Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December (inclusive) 

School Zone Dates - ACT - 2021

Dates  include school development days (also known as student-free days) as some students may attend their school on these days.

Notified school days 2021
Term 1                                                         Friday 29 January to 1 April (inclusive)
Term 2 Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June (inclusive) 
Term 3 Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September (inclusive) 
Term 4 Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December (inclusive) 


Why do school zones operate on pupil free days?

School zones operate and are enforced on pupil free days because pupil free days can vary from school to school. Consistent operation of school zones aims to reduce driver confusion, which improves the safety of school children.

*There are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW and ACT. They are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times. Signs at these schools show the times that apply.

 

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