Street Smart

Road Safety

Slow down during school times and help keep our kids safe.

School speed zones are reduced-speed areas that operate near schools. They’re designed to keep kids safe by lowering the speed limit at peak times when children are travelling to and from school.

What’s the speed limit?
In most cases the speed limit (during school speed zone times) is:

• 40km/h (when the original speed limit is less than 80km/h • 60km/h (when the original
speed limit is 80km/h or higher).

The speed limit and operating times for the zone will be clearly displayed on nearby signs (see below for examples).

When do school speed limits apply?
This depends on the kind of zone you’re travelling in. There are several types of school speed zones, including:

  • permanent 40km/h zones
  • time-based zones (where reduced speed limits apply between 8–9.30am and 2.30–4pm on school days – see below for dates)
  • variable speed limit zones (where speed limits are shown using electronic signs).

School speed limit dates
Time-based school zones operate between 8–9.30am and 2.30–4pm on weekdays during Victoria’s school terms (except for public holidays).

School speed zone signs
Keep an eye out for the following signs and make sure to travel within the speed limit shown.

Advance warning signs
Prepare to slow down as you approach as school speed zone. Many of these signs will have a yellow background.


Permanent School zone sign

Slow down to 40km/h at all times.


Time-based school zone sign

Slow down during school times to keep kids safe as they travel to and from school. For information on school term dates, see the table above.

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Variable electronic signs

These signs are often used on roads with high speeds or large traffic volumes. The speed limit displayed will change depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.


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