Centre for Road Safety

Protecting our children

40km/h school zones help protect children on their way to and from schools at the times and places where they are often in high numbers. School zone signs, pedestrian crossings and dragon’s teeth road markings improve the visibility of school zones.

School zone flashing lights warn motorists when they are enter a 40km/h school zone. This lower speed limit reduces the risk and potential severity of a crash. The NSW Government has ensured that every school in NSW has at least one set of school zone flashing lights.

Extra 400 sets of flashing lights

The NSW Government is installing an additional 400 sets of school zone flashing lights at schools across NSW with multiple busy entrances to further protect children travelling to and from school. Our NSW schools - Additional flashing lights list (PDF, 549Kb) shows where the extra school zone flashing lights will be installed.

The school zone flashing lights program is one of the vital road safety programs funded through speed and red light camera fines by the Community Road Safety Fund.

Frequently asked questions has detailed information about school zone flashing lights.

40 km/h speed limits in school zones

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40km/h school speed zones operate across NSW at all school sites on gazetted school days (including school development days).

Motorists must drive no faster than 40 km/h through school zones. Increased fines and demerit points apply for certain school zone offences. The Roads and Maritime website has information on fines and demerit point offences.

Most school zones operate from 8 to 9.30am and from 2.30 to 4pm on gazetted school days. However, there are a small number of non-standard school zone times in NSW, which are identified by red/orange school zone signs to show non-standard times.

Signs at these schools show the times when school zone flashing lights operate.

Gazetted school days2016
Term 1 - Eastern Division NSWWednesday 27 January to Friday 8 April (inclusive)
Term 1 - Western Division NSWWednesday 3 February to Friday 8 April (inclusive)
Term 2 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)Tuesday 26 April to Friday I July (inclusive)
Term 3 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)Monday 18 July to Friday 23 September (inclusive)
Term 4 (Eastern and Western Divisions NSW)Monday 10 October to Tuesday 20 December (inclusive)

Dates above include school development days (also known as student-free days), when school zones are in operation, as some students may attend their school on these days.

Public holidays are not considered school days.