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There are many schools in the Northern Beaches catchment. To protect our children there are unique road rules, restricting speed and parking, that 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.

For more information about school zone parking see the school zone parking information flyer

School parking

School drop off and pick up times are the riskiest times for safety around schools and when our children are most vulnerable.

The introduction of school zones in 2001 decreased pedestrian casualties (aged 5-16) in school zones during school zone times by 46%*. This is a great result, but children are still at risk around schools. School zones increase visibility of students coming and going from our schools and slow the speed of cars, but have not reduced congestion which can lead to frustration and risky behaviour by drivers and pedestrians.

Watch our school safe parking video highlighting the benefits of parking your car a street or two away and walking the difference.

Instead of adding to the congestion, and potentially parking illegally in front of the school, you will be:

  • creating less traffic around the school gate and improving safety for our children
  • keeping active by walking
  • finding time to talk with your children
  • decreasing your stress by not fighting for that parking spot close to the gate.

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.

*Penalty $337 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.

*Penalty $187 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.

*Penalty $337 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.

*Penalty $337 and 2 demerit points.

Driveways

Do not park across or on a driveway or any other vehicle access way.

*Penalty $337 and 2 demerit points.

*Penalty rates are current as of 1 July 2018

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.

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