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School zones

A school zone is the area around a school with a speed limit of 40km/h.

Between the School Zone and End School Zone signs, drivers must obey the school zone speed limit.

The school zone speed limit applies on NSW gazetted school days and during the times detailed on the school zone sign. School zone hours are normally 8:00am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4:00pm.

There are a small number of schools with different school zone times – these will be detailed on the school zone sign.

Pupil free days fall within the gazetted school days, thus school zones are operating and enforceable.

Some non-government schools do not operate on gazetted school days. Drivers and supervising drivers should be aware that school zones still operate and are enforceable on these days.


A guide to the relevant legislation is that a Learner or Provisional licenced driver exceeding the speed limit by up to 10 km/h in a school zone commits an offense with a $436 fine and loss of 5 demerit points. Learner drivers lose their licence if incurring 4 or more demerit points within a three year period.

Signage and road makings are steadily being upgraded across the Illawarra to heighten awareness of school zones.


When driving protect children from collision with your vehicle with the use of your scanning, speed management, positioning, decision making and hazard and response skills.

Build up these skills in quiet areas outside school zone times in preparation for driving in school zones.

Call or text Drivetime 0433 499 944  to book your driving lesson and your Drivetime driving instructor will help you to build these important skills and prepare you for safe driving and your licence test.