School and playground zones are similar, but different.
The 30 km/hr School zone signs are in the shape of a house. They are 30 km/hr between 8 am and 5 pm on school days only unless otherwise posted.
These are not in effect during summer holidays, winter break, spring break, etc. The exception is if it is accompanied by an obvious “Summer school” sign attached.
Playground Zones in British Columbia
Playground zone signs are in the shape of a diamond. They are in effect dawn till dusk, every day, 365 days per year:
Signs without Speed Tabs
If you see the playground or school sign by itself – without the 30 km tab – then the speed limit is 50 km/hr unless otherwise posted.
Or, the speed limit is whatever the speed was on the road you were on before you saw the sign.
In other words, if it doesn’t say to go 30km/hr, then you don’t have to go 30 km/hr. Although, you could always decide to slow down if you see a good reason. A good driver is a thinking driver.
Where does the school zone end?
If you want to figure out where the zone ends, then look for the back of the sign. It’s a very particular shape. You will find it on the opposite side of the road for the traffic facing you.
School & Playground zones video
For more information: Back to School – DriveSmartBC
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