There are many schools in the Northern Beaches catchment. To protect our children there are unique road rules, restricting speed and parking, apply in streets around schools. We aim to support school safety in our community by providing information on these unique road rules and the times they apply.

School Zones

40km/h school zones are in force every weekday from 8am to 9.30am and from 2.30 to 4pm, except on public holidays and school term breaks.

Highly visible, School zones have dragon’s teeth road markings and signs with flashing lights. The 40km limit applies between the School Zone and End School Zone signs.

U-Turns and 3-Point-Turns in School Zones

Drivers cannot make U-turns across a single solid dividing line, a solid dividing line to the left of a broken line or double lines. 

You should also avoid 3-point turns or reversing in and out of driveways in school zones. Our U-Turn safety flyer has illustrated explanations.

No Stopping Zones

Vehicles cannot stop in No Stopping areas for any length of time, no matter how short. Dropping off or picking up passengers is not permitted in these areas. A continuous yellow edge line also indicates a No Stopping zone.

Fines exceed $265 and 2 demerit points.

No Parking Areas

Vehicles may stop in a No Parking area to pick up or drop off goods or passengers provided drivers stay within three meters of their vehicle and are not parked in the No Parking zone for longer than two minutes.

Fine: exceeds $147 and 2 demerit points.

Bus Zones

It’s illegal to stop in a bus zone for any period of time. Vehicles in bus zones create problems for buses pulling into and out of these bays. 

Buses forced to double park and manoeuvre through inadequate space is extremely dangerous.

Fines exceed $265 and 2 demerit points.

Double Parking

Vehicles can’t stop, even briefly, alongside parked vehicles. Double parking reduces visibility for other motorists and pedestrians. It forces passing vehicles onto the wrong side of the road.

It’s illegal to park within three metres of double white centre lines.

Fines exceed $265 and 2 demerit points.

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