As a professional company driver, you don’t always know what you will encounter on your daily drive. For example, when you see signage as you enter a school or playground zone, it’s important to be aware of the correct procedures before you enter these zones. If you get caught not following these rules, it could result in a hefty fine.
Here’s a refresher to remind you what the time zones mean and what the speed limits are:
These are indicated by a florescent yellow/green pentagon shaped sign.
Times (effective only on school days):
- 8:00 am – 9:30 am
- 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
- 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
These hours may vary for different towns and cities according to municipal bylaws. If a municipality does establish times different from these, they will be posted beneath the school sign. For example, in Calgary, there are no school zones – just playground zones which are in effect every day, year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the bylaw times are posted beneath the playground zone sign.
- Unless otherwise posted, 30km/h is the maximum speed limit in both urban and rural school zones.
- If a speed sign is not attached to it, you still must use caution when driving through the school area.
- Look for the sign that signals the end of the school zone. You have also reached the end of a school zone when you have approached a traffic sign that indicates a higher maximum speed.
- You are not permitted to pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction within a school zone when the zone is in effect.
These are indicated by a yellow and black diamond shaped warning sign and are usually located in close proximity to school zones. Be aware that:
- These are in effect every day of the year from 8:30 am to one hour after sunset.
- The speed limit is 30km/h unless otherwise posted.
- You cannot pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction.