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Speed limits in school zones

An image of a school zone speed limit sign

School zones are installed to reduce traffic speed near schools during the times indicated in the school zone sign. School zones are identified by signs which are displayed on both approaches to the school and show the speed limit and the times during which it applies.

School zones are generally permitted on roads adjacent to schools where there is significant school related activity on and beside the road.

Speed limits which apply include:

  • 40km/h on roads where the existing limit is 50km/h, 60km/h or 70km/h
  • 60km/h on roads where the existing limit is 80km/h
  • 60km/h or 80km/h on roads where the speed limit is 90km/h or 100km/h, depending on the amount of school related activity on or near the road
  • 80km/h on roads where the existing limit is 110km/h.
More information on school zone speed limits is available in the School Zones guidelines.

Speed Awareness Program

The Speed Awareness Program uses radar activated variable message speed signs to inform motorists of their speed.

The program operates at schools within school zone hours and aims to encourage motorists to stay within the speed limit. The type of the speed awareness device available varies throughout Queensland. Due to sight distances and road shoulders, some schools may not be able to use these devices.

More information about the program is available from your local road safety advisor.

Last updated
20 September 2016