Centre for Road Safety

An adult supervisor helps a young student safely into the back seat of a car.

Some schools and councils use No Parking areas, signed as Drop-off and Pick-up, Kiss and Ride, or Kiss and Drop zones, to provide parents and carers with a safe environment to drop off and collect their children from school by car.

These areas, always on the school side of the road, provide  convenience for drivers and improve children’s safety. Parents and carers are able to legally drop off or pick up their children within a two-minute timeframe.

The school Drop-off and Pick-up initiative includes a volunteer adult supervisor, who  assists children in and out of the vehicle. The Drop-off and Pick-up initiative allows:

  • Drivers to drop off or pick up students legally at busy times at the beginning and end of the school day
  • A volunteer adult supervisor to marshal the students at the designated school gate
  • The driver to pull into the Drop-off and Pick-up zone and remain in control of the vehicle while a volunteer adult supervisor assists the school student to exit or enter the vehicle
Sign reads: School Drop-off Pick-up ZONE

Advantages

  • Provides a designated zone at a school access point for drivers to stop and drop off or pick up their children
  • Relieves traffic congestion around the school by ensuring cars do not park illegally
  • Provides adult supervision for students being dropped off and picked up from school by car
  • Allows smaller children to remain secured in the car while school age children are dropped off and picked up from school
  • Reinforces road safety messages and safe passenger behaviour to parents and children

Setting up the initiative

Schools need to:

  • Reach agreement with the school community
  • Consult with the local council to determine if the school environment is suitable
  • Establish a roster of volunteers to be zone supervisors
  • Develop policies and procedures to administer the initiative
  • Fully understand all legal issues regarding liability in respect of students and volunteers

The Drop-off and Pick-up initiative (PDF, 104Kb) and Parent letter (PDF, 2.42Mb) documents provide information to help set up the zones. The Drop-off and Pick-up safety tips (PDF, 96Kb) document provides information for drivers, students and volunteers.