School speed zones return

Term four officially begins on Monday 4 October for Victorian Government schools, with school speed zones enforced from 8am.

As students begin a phased return to classrooms, motorists should expect an increase in road, pedestrian and bicycle traffic at drop-off and pick-up times.

Motorists are urged to be patient, adhere to the school speed zone limits and take extra care when driving near schools.

Some school speed zones are permanent, while others operate from 8am to 9.30am, and from 2.30pm to 4pm on weekdays until the end of the school term.

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.

School bus services will operate as normal. Parents of children using bus services are encouraged to talk to their children about practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing where they can, and respecting the clearance zone around bus drivers.

There may be changes to drop-off times and access to school sites. Please follow advice from your local school regarding these arrangements. For more information on safety measures and the staged return to on-site schooling, visit

School speed zones are designed to keep pedestrians safe by lowering the speed limit at peak times when children are travelling to and from school. Regardless of whether a school is open or closed, all sign-posted 40km/h zones will still apply.