School Speed Zone Times Extended
Amendment to Motor Vehicle Act
part of governments New Era commitment to make streets safer,
government has amended the Motor Vehicle Act to expand
school speed zone times.
Motor Vehicle Act establishes the maximum speed and time
periods allowed in all school zones. The current time limit, 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. does not reflect todays more intensive use
of school facilities.
the Act means safer access for children and pedestrians
on roadways while travelling to school facilities. This move recognizes
the increased use of facilities located within school zones, whether
for regular classes, extracurricular activities, or for activities
offered by community centres located in or near schools.
amendment has been brought into force which allows school speed
zone hours of operation to be extended where warranted, with no
zone commencing later than 8 a.m. or ending sooner than 5 p.m. The
effect of the amendment on section 147 is shown here:
A person driving a vehicle on a regular school day and on a highway
where signs are displayed stating a speed limit of 30 km/h, or
on which the numerals "30" are prominently shown, must
drive at a rate of speed not exceeding 30 km/h while approaching
or passing the school building and school grounds to which the
signs relate, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or subject to subsection
(1.1), between any extended times that are stated on the signs.
Extended hours under subsection (1) may not begin later than 8
a.m. or end earlier than 5 p.m.
description adjacent to the applicable sign in Division 23 of the
Motor Vehicle Act Regulation 26/58 is also being amended
to provide for extended hours of operation.
This sign indicates there is a school nearby and school children
may be present near or on the roadway.
PER HOUR TAB (Regulatory)
When used below the "School Area (Warning)"
sign this tab establishes a maximum speed zone of 30 kilometres
per hour on school days between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or as otherwise
specified. This tab may be amended with the text "8AM
5PM SCHOOL DAYS" or other times in place of
"8 AM 5 PM" as specified. A period of
time otherwise specified must not commence later than 8 a.m.
or end earlier than 5 p.m.
The back of the sign
assembly for the opposite direction of travel terminates the
30 km/h speed zone.
districts/boards, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders
are being advised of this amendment coming into force.
is the purpose of the amendment?
current provision states that a school speed zone is in effect
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a regular school day.
amendment modifies this provision to allow for the extension of
the hours during which the speed zone is in effect. This is achieved
through the indication of hours of operation on school speed zone
sign. Where there is no indication of hours, the hours of 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. remain in effect.
amendment also provides that no speed zone can commence later
than 8 a.m. or end sooner than 5 p.m. This ensures that the period
of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the minimum period that all speed zones
are in effect.
is this amendment needed?
number of public schools have adopted a shift system
to accommodate increasing enrolment. In addition, many public
schools provide extracurricular (and community) activities outside
regular school hours, and may have playground or other recreational
facilities which are used by students during summer daylight hours.
is good public policy to ensure that the same level of safety
is provided to students attending school during non-traditional
hours or recreational facilities as students attending school
during regular hours.
the Ministry consult with stakeholders and what were the results
of those consultations?
The Ministry undertook extensive consultations with public school
districts, independent schools, law enforcement agencies, ICBC,
the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Attorney General, the
British Columbia Automobile Association, and the Union of British
Columbia Municipalities. A clear majority of these institutions
are in favour of the amendment.
much will implementation of this amendment cost?
costs associated with the implementation of this amendment consist
of the fabrication and installation of new signs where extended
hours of school speed zone operation are warranted. These costs
will accrue to the applicable authority and are dependent on the
number of signs required.
municipalities, who utilize the authority granted by the amendment
to vary school speed zone hours of operation, may also advertise
in local media to foster public awareness.
will determine if extended hours of school speed zone operation
the school is located on a street under provincial jurisdiction,
the hours of operation of a given school speed zone will be determined
in consultation between the Ministry, the local government, and
the school district/board.
the school is located on a street under municipal jurisdiction,
the hours of operation will be determined in consultation between
the local government and the school district/board.
speed zones are in effect from "dawn to dusk". Why not
school speed zones?
the winter season, dawn may not occur until 8 a.m. and dusk may
occur as early at 4 p.m.
is reasonable to presume that students could be on school grounds
prior to dawn and after dusk during the winter season. The school
speed zone would not be in operation at these times and children
would not be afforded the same level of safety as when speed zones
were in operation.
not just have one statutory provision that covers both school zones
and playground zones?
are some jurisdictions that are exploring the application of "child
activity zones" - which contemplates a common regulatory
treatment of school zones and playground zones. This concept is
relatively new, and the Ministry is following developments in
are associated with speeding in a school speed zone?
- A speed limit of 30
km/h applies while within a school speed zone.
- The penalties for
speeding in a school speed zone are:
speed is between
- 50 km/h
- 70 km/h
- 90 km/h
than 90 km/h