• Drive cautiously in school zones and near children.
  • Always expect to stop.
  • Never overtake a stopped vehicle.
  • Be Patient.




School Zones and School Bus Road Rules Explained

Speed Limits & School zones

Slow down to 40km/h or below in school zones.  This lower speed limit reduces the risk and potential severity of a crash.

School speed limit signs operate on official school days, usually Monday to Friday during school terms.  The speed limit doesn’t apply when the lights are not flashing, on such days as school holidays, weekends and public holidays.

School zones usually apply over an area. The 40km/h speed limit applies until you pass an end school zone sign or a speed limit sign, even if you turn into another street.

So, if you pass a school zone sign, don’t go faster than 40km/h until you pass either a speed limit sign or an end school zone sign.

If you notice a school zone light is damaged or not operating normally, please call 1300 139 933

School buses








Don’t go faster than 40km/h within 50 metres of a bus with a school bus warning sign and lights. This includes driving behind or towards a bus.

Drive carefully and look out for pedestrians, especially school children.

School zones

Children’s Crossings are the safest way for a child to cross any road when walking to and from school. Some Children’s Crossings have a Crossing Guard.  Crossing Guards work at sites where it has been identified as a high risk for children to cross to and from school. The is usually because of high volumes of traffic and/or other issues such as heavy vehicles or sight distances etc. You must watch for pedestrians and STOP if they are on or entering the crossing. Never try to skip though.

You have a responsibility as a motorist to obey the Crossing Guard and stop for any pedestrians on or about to be on school crossings which have the Children Crossing flags displayed.

The Rules

Traffic (Road Rules) Regulations 1999 (S.R. 1999, No. 131)