Centre for Road Safety

Managing safety around schools

Road safety issues around schools are managed by state and local government agencies. Although the roles and responsibilities of the agencies vary, school principals must approve any request before the agencies responsible are contacted.

1. Parent/student behaviour outside the school

Local issues such as illegal parking, unsafe crossing behaviour, and pick-up and drop-off procedures should be managed with information and education programs. Schools can provide information in school newsletters and emails to promote safe behaviour. Schools can also work with their local council to raise awareness of road safety issues in the school area.

Road safety education from early childhood to the senior years of schooling is developed by Transport for NSW in association with the education sectors.

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2. Roads near schools

Roads and Maritime

Roads and Maritime provides many road safety measures around schools, including:

  • Installation of new school zones – new school, new direct access point
  • Removal of school zone following closure of a school
  • Installation and maintenance of all 40km/h School zone signs, patches and dragon’s teeth markings
  • Operating times of 40km/h school zones
  • Installation and maintenance of School zone flashing lights
  • Traffic signals
  • Installation and maintenance of all speed zone signs

If your school is on a State Road, Roads and Maritime is also responsible for:

  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Changes to parking restrictions
  • Road surface repairs
  • Installation and maintenance of all signs
  • Installing or moving a bus zone/stop

Call 13 22 13 and ask to speak to the Safety Around Schools coordinator in your area.

Your local council

If your school is on a regional or local road, your local council is responsible for:

  • Parking – changes to restrictions, signs
  • Road repairs
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Installation of traffic calming devices, including speed humps and roundabouts
  • Off-road shared paths, cycle paths, walking trails
  • New and replacement Children’s Crossing flags
  • Courtesy speed checks
  • Installing or moving a bus zone/stop
  • Footpaths – installation and maintenance
  • Road signs maintenance
  • Road surface repairs

The Office of Local Government website lists the contact details of all local councils in NSW.

Local Traffic Committees are formed by many councils to review safety and traffic related matters on local roads.

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3. Law enforcement around schools

NSW Police

Community based police operate in Local Area Commands and are responsible for:

  • Enforcement of 40km/h speed limit in school zones
  • Enforcement of all speed limits
  • Enforcement of parking restrictions
  • Promoting voluntary driver compliance around schools
  • Address illegal or unsafe driving behaviour

The NSW Police Force website has the locations and details of all Local Area Commands in NSW.

Your local council

Council rangers are responsible for:

  • Enforcement of parking restrictions

The Office of Local Government website lists the contact details of all local councils in NSW. Correspondence to your local council should be addressed to the General Manager.

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4. Bus safety around schools

Transport for NSW

Transport for NSW encourages safe travel for all school students and is responsible for:

  • Student behaviour on buses
  • Developing and reviewing the Code of Conduct in consultation with schools, bus operators, parent groups and bus driver representatives
  • Promoting school bus safety education
  • Approving location of bus stops with local councils
  • Installing or moving a bus stop with local council
  • School Student Transport Scheme
  • Administrating contracts for school bus services
  • Changes to school bus routes or timetables

The School Student Transport Scheme website has a code of conduct for students travelling on buses, as well as information for parents, carers and transport operators.

The Transport Info website has timetables, maps and other bus safety information.

State Transit Authority

The State Transit Authority of New South Wales is the government owned authority responsible for the operations of Sydney Buses and Newcastle Buses & Ferries. The authority is responsible for:

  • Student behaviour on buses
Private bus and coach operators in NSW

Private operators provide school bus services in Sydney and across NSW (except on routes operated by the State Transit Authority) and are responsible for:

  • Student behaviour on buses

The Transport for NSW website has more information on bus and coach operators in NSW.

Roads and Maritime

Roads and Maritime provides information for drivers and operators of buses and coaches and is responsible for:

  • Authorisation and licensing of bus drivers
  • Accreditation of bus operators in NSW

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