School and Playground Zones

Share

School Zones

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.

school and playground zones

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:

playground zones

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.

playground zone sign
crosswalk ahead sign

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 zone

School & Playground zones video

For more information: Back to School – DriveSmartBC


Share

78 thoughts on “School and Playground Zones”

  1. WHY DID MY FRIEND FAIL HIS ROADT TEST WHEN HE WAS DRIVING ONLY 35KM/H IN PLAYGROUND ZONE (DIAMOND SHAPE) WITH NO POSTED SPEED AT 10AM? IT WAS MARKED AS A VIOLATION.

    • There are places where you can enter a 30 km/h playground zone but never really exit it – there is just no sign on the left side. And it works the other way – you just make a few turns and suddenly you see a playground zone sign on the left side. In the test I ended up driving at 30 km/h all the way until exiting the neighborhood and passed with flying colors, but what’s the correct way of handling such situations?

      • I’m not sure what you mean, maybe you can show me on the map where you’re talking about … whenever I’m driving I find it pretty clear to understand where these zones stop and start … let me know where you were ..!

        • Start here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/gjviEWcT7KNvQGfQ8

          Then go uphill to the Battle St. W, take a left turn and technically it’s still a playground zone. But the fun still goes on: take the 1st right turn onto the Boundary Rd and then a left turn onto the Grandview Terrace – and with this route the playground zone still continues :-).

  2. Hi,
    I moved to BC from Calgary .. there it is a ticketable offence to PASS at anytime in a school (& possibly playground) zone EVEN if you are doing the speed limit of 30km. (I’m talking when there are 2 lanes heading same way) I found out about it b/c a friend got a ticket for that & I saw someone get one .

    Q: Is that the case here? I see people passing often, esp. in specific area & can be dangerous if we don’t see a child ..

  3. Hi,
    I moved to BC from Calgary .. there it is a ticketable offence to PASS at anytime in a school (& possibly playground) zone EVEN if you are doing the speed limit of 30km. (I’m talking when there are 2 lanes heading same way) I found out about it b/c a friend got a ticket for that & I saw someone get one .

    Q: Is that the case here? I see people passing often, esp. in specific area & can be dangerous if we don’t see a child ..

  4. hey I was wondering when you come to a sign that says 30 when kids are present is it illegal to drive 30 or is that illegal? do I have to drive 50 until I see kids asking because I failed my road test I only slowed down to 40 but they were hiding behind trees. would it be illegal to drive 30 through there!

  5. Hi Carmen,
    My son has attempted several road tests with no luck. I am quite comfortable driving with him now so I would say he’s pretty competent behind the wheel.
    Is it helpful prior to beginning a road test to let the examiner know that you have tried many times to get your N. Do they care at all if you
    experience nervousness under the gaze of an examiner?

    • Hi!!
      Sorry to hear about that. I think they are well aware that everyone is nervous. It would be weird if someone wasn’t. I think every test lives in its own vacuum. For sure You can let them know if you like, but they still have to judge the driver based on their behaviour on the current test. There were several students when I worked at the driving school who went through the full training program and multiple instructors signed off on them being perfectly capable, (i.e. the instructor would feel fine going to sleep while that driver was driving; in theory you know) and then they failed the road test 8 or 9 times. Some people just get very nervous. So just keep trying if you are sure that’s the problem, or, you could get 1 assessment lesson from a reputable driving instructor to check their driving skills. Not sure if he’s had any lessons, but The driving they are looking for on the road test is quite specific and detailed, and can differ quite a lot from common conceptions. Even I was nervous as a driving instructor when I went to get my Class 4 license. It’s really scary when someone is watching your every move. I hope that helps..

  6. Hi, just want to see if I will be ticketed under this situation. I parked next to a school that has a sign say 15mins 8am to 5pm during school days. There is no school now, can I park there for the day?

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: