We all know that travelling over 40km per hour in a school zone during school pickup times is an offence but you may not be aware of the other offences in school zones that could cost you plenty of money and demerit points.
I received a flyer with last week’s school newsletter, put together by our local council and the NSW Police, detailing the various offences and their penalties. I thought I would share the info with you here.
SCHOOL ZONE TRAFFIC OFFENCES
School Zone speeding offences attract higher fine and demerit points than other speeding offences.
MAXIMUM PENALTY: $3,149 + 7 Demerit points
MOBILE PHONE USE
Driving while using a hand-held mobile phone in a School Zone
PENALTY: $353 + 4 Demerit Points
Disobey hand-held stop sign at Children’s Crossing or approach Children’s Crossing too quickly to stop safely
PENALTY: $441 + 4 Demerit Points
Make a U-Turn without giving way to a pedestrian or vehicle in a School Zone
PENALTY: $353 + 4 Demerit points
SCHOOL ZONE PARKING OFFENCES
Means that in the area in the direction of the arrow, you must not stop your vehicle at any point on the road or kerb, unless there is a medical or other emergency
MAXIMUM PENALTY: $353 + 2 Demerit Points
Means that you have no more than 2 minutes for drop-offs or pick-ups of passengers or goods and the driver must stay within 3 metres of your vehicle
PENALTY: $147 + 2 Demerit Points
Means that in the direction of the arrow or arrows you are not allowed to stop your vehicle unless you are driving a bus.
PENALTY: $265 + 2 Demerit Points
You are not permitted to stop or park your vehicle alongside another vehicle that is already parked parallel to the kerb.
PENALTY: $265 + 2 Demerit points
STOPPING ON OR NEAR PEDESTRIAN CROSSING
PENALTY: $353 + 2 Demerit Points
STOP ON PATH/STRIP IN BUILT UP AREA
PENALTY: $147 + 2 Demerit points
STOP OR PARK IN A DISABLED MARKED AREA WITHOUT A PERMIT
Be careful – you know that money could be better spent on your next school holiday trip!