Parking at schools

Parking restrictions apply near schools to help keep children safe.

Dropping your children off at school can be stressful and there can be a lot of traffic. Road rules apply to all drivers near schools, especially around entrances, bus stops, and pick-up and drop-off zones.

The best way to keep kids safe in school zones is to obey the parking restrictions and school speed zones.

Our Community Parking Officers monitor school parking zones. We issue fines to people who breach parking restrictions in school zones. We also use automated number plate recognition technology in school parking areas.

For more information about road rules that apply in school parking zones, please visit Department of Transport and Main Roads.

To report any faded, damaged or missing car park signs, please call us on 07 3412 5282 or email us at

Common road rules that apply in school zones

Drop-and-go zones (passenger loading zone)

Most schools have a passenger loading zone area for drop-off and pick-up. You can stop in this zone for a maximum of two minutes. You must stay in your vehicle and drive off as soon as possible. Drop-and-go zones are safe and help to reduce traffic congestion around schools. On-the-spot fines apply if you use a drop-and-go zone incorrectly.

No Stopping

Drivers must not stop or park vehicles in an area with a No Stopping sign. Signs are placed in areas like road corners and near pedestrian crossings to improve visibility and safety. On-the-spot fines apply if you stop in these areas.

Bus stop and bus zone

You must not stop a vehicle in a bus stop or bus zone unless you are driving a bus that seats more than 12 adults including the driver. Drivers must not stop a vehicle within 20m before and 10m after a bus stop. This makes sure that buses have enough room to enter and exit the bus stop. On-the-spot fines apply if you park in a bus zone.

Double parking

Drivers must not double park by stopping their vehicle between the centre of the road and another vehicle parked on the side of the road. This includes vehicles parked in angle-parking bays. Double parking is dangerous: it creates a high risk of collision and increases the risk that children will cross the road between vehicles. On-the-spot fines apply for double parking.

Pedestrian crossings

Drivers must not stop on a pedestrian crossing within 20m before or 10m after the crossing. Keeping this distance from a crossing makes sure children using the crossing are kept safe. On-the-spot fines apply for parking too close to pedestrian crossings.


Drivers must not obstruct a driveway or stop a vehicle on or across a driveway unless the driver is dropping off or picking up passengers. Drivers stopping to drop-off or pick-up passengers must stay in their vehicle and drive off within two minutes after stopping. On-the-spot fines apply for parking over driveways.