$205 fine for drivers caught breaking this road rule

Motorists can be slapped with heavy fines for breaking the rules around school zones. (Source: Getty)

School speed zones are coming back into force, as Aussie students return from the summer holidays.

In New South Wales, school speeding zones will begin on Friday, January 27. This is the date that Term 1 officially starts, despite many schools having a pupil free day.

Drivers can face a $205 fine and receive two demerit points if they are caught exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h or less while in a school zone. This penalty increases if you exceed the speed limit further.

In NSW, double demerit points also apply in NSW over the Australia Day period until 11:59pm on Sunday.

Here’s a breakdown of the school zone rules in each state and territory.

New South Wales

New South Wales school zones have a 40k/h speed limit, except in Manly and Liverpool where it is 30km/h.

This usually applies from 8am to 9:30am and from 2:30 and 4pm on all days that are not a weekend, a public holiday or a publicly notified school holiday for government schools.

For light vehicles, the fine is $205 and two demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by 10km/h or less.

Victoria

Victoria school zones have a 40km/h speed limit when the original speed is less than 80km/h, and a 60km/h speed limit when the original speed is 80km/h or higher.

Some school speed zones are permanent and others apply between 8am to 9:30am and 2:30pm to 4pm on weekdays during the Victorian school terms (except public holidays).

Drivers caught exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h face a $231 fine and one demerit point.

Queensland

Queensland school zones have a 40km/h speed limit when the normal limit is 50, 60 or 70km/h, and a 60km/h speed limit when the normal limit is 80km/h or above.

School zones generally apply from 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm on school days.

There is a fine of $287 and one demerit point for drivers exceeding the speed limit by less than 11km/h.

South Australia

South Australian school zones have a 25km/h speed limit. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year, any time a child is present.

There is a $187 fine and two demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h.

Western Australia

Western Australia school zones have a 40km/h speed limit.

School zone times depend on the location – Gascoyne and Pilbara (7:30 – 9:00am and 2:00 – 3:30pm), Kimberley (7:00 – 8:30am and 2:00 – 3:30pm), Carnarvon ( 7:30 – 9:00am and 2:00 – 4:00pm), Rest of WA (7:30 – 9:00am and 2:30 – 4:00pm).

There is a $100 fine and no demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by 9km/h or less.

Tasmania

Tasmanian school zones have a speed limit of 40km/h and operate for a short period at the beginning and end of the school day. Most signs are electronic and will display the times.

There is a $87 fine and two demerit points for exceeding the speed limit by less than 10km/h.

NT

NT school zones have a speed limit of 40km/h and apply on school days and during the times shown the sign.

There is a $150 fine and one demerit point for exceeding the speed limit by up to 15km/h.

Act

ACT school zones have a speed limit of 40km/h and are in place between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.

There is a $332 fine and one demerit point for exceeding the speed limit in a school zone by 15km/h or less.

Check out your state or territory government website for the most up-to-date rules.

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