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Road safety around schools

Increased driver awareness of the presence of children around schools helps reduce the risk of accidents.


Safety at the school gate

Auckland Transport runs safety at the school gate with individual schools in Auckland.

The programme aims to improve safety around the school gate for students who are put at risk by drivers who park illegally.

Contact Auckland Transport if your school would like to be part of this programme.


School patrols


Pedestrian crossings

  • School patrols operate twice daily to ensure that school children get to and from school safely.
  • As motorists you must stop if one or both signs are extended onto the road.
  • As pedestrians you should obey the commands of the patrols.

Kea crossings

They operate just like school patrols, except that when the patrols are not operating the road reverts back to a normal roadway.


School speed zones

Speed around schools is a major public health and road safety issue. The faster you go the less time you have to react and the longer it takes to stop.

Children are most at risk, especially in the morning and afternoon when they're walking and cycling to and from school.

Pedestrian casualties (deaths, serious and minor injuries) occur the most at school peak times (7am - 9am and 2pm - 4pm).

Source – New Zealand Transport Agency Crash Analysis System (CAS)

A school speed zone is selected using NZ Transport Agency criteria. 

A school speed zone slows traffic and increases driver awareness of the presence of children. This helps to reduce the risk of crashes around schools.

School speed zones are in force throughout Auckland with a 40km/h speed limit in operation on school days. The operate at least 35 minutes before the start of school and 20 minutes at the end of the school day. They begin no earlier than 5 minutes before the end of the school day.

The speed limit will also apply for 10 minutes at any other time when at least 50 children cross the road, or enter or leave vehicles at the roadside. Appropriate signs mark the beginning and end of the area where the speed limit operates.

Please ensure that you drive to the conditions and slow down near schools.


For more information or assistance

Contact Auckland Transport