Did you know that for certain traffic and parking offences committed within a school zone you can incur an additional demerit point?

So not only will you incur the demerit points for whatever offence you committed, you may get an additional point for committing the offence in a School Zone. If that’s not enough, the fines that you will face are substantially higher for offences committed in a School Zone.

Take for example a Class A vehicle caught speeding, less than 10/km over the speed limit. This offence would usually get you a $121.00 fine and one demerit point. This offence committed in a School Zone would be a $200.00 fine and two demerit points.

So what are school zones and when do they apply?

Well the simple answer is they are the immediate area surrounding all NSW schools that are in effect when the lights flash. Typically, and for the majority of NSW Schools, School Zones are in effect between the hours of 8.00am – 9.30am and 2.30pm – 4.00pm on school days. School days are Monday – Fridays excluding Public Holidays and publicly notified school holidays for government schools.

However, there are some schools in NSW that have different hours of operation than the ones mentioned above. If you are worried about how you will be able to tell if a school zone is operational, these select Schools have signs that make it clear the hours in which the school zone is in effect.

Be careful though! On days such as pupil free days, where the children are not necessarily at school, these school zone speed limits can still apply.

At Everingham Solomons our team can offer advice and representation with respect to licencing matters and traffic offences because Helping You is Our Business.

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