School speed zones

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.

Find out more about road safety near schools.

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).

These speed limit and operating times will be clearly displayed on nearby signs.

When do school speed limits apply?

This depends on the kind of zone you’re travelling in. There are two types of school speed zones:

  • Permanent 40km/h zones 
  • Variable, time-based zones. 

What dates do these limits apply on? 

Time-based school zones operate:

  • between 8 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4pm
  • on weekdays during Victorian school terms (except for public holidays).

Start date End date
Term 4 18 October 2018 21 December 2018
Term 1 29 January 2019 5 April 2019
Term 2 23 April 2019 
28 June 2019
Term 3 15 July 2019

20 September 2019

Term 4 7 October 2019 20 December 2019

Give me a sign

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

Advance warning signs

Speed Sign Advanced Warning

Prepare to slow down as you approach a school speed zone. 


Permanent School zone sign

40km/h speed sign

Always drive at or below 40km/h within a school speed zone. 


Time-based school zone sign

40km/h school speed zone sign60km/h school speed zone sign

Always drive at or below the speed limit displayed within a school zone.


Variable electronic signs

60 km/h electronic variable speed sign

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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