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AS Victorians students return to school from Monday, drivers are being urged to take extra care on the road and adhere to 40km/h school speed zones.

School speed zones will be enforced from 8am on Monday, and drivers are reminded to be patient and should expect an increase in road, pedestrian and bicycle traffic at drop-off and pick-up times.

Some school speed zones are permanent, while others operate from 8am to 9.30am, and from 2.30pm to 4pm on weekdays, with reduced speeds of 40km/h or 60km/h in school zones until the end of the school term.

School bus services will also operate as normal, and across the bus network priority is being given to providing drivers for school buses. However there is a risk of staff shortages caused by COVID-19 and this may result in some changes and cancellations to school bus services.   

Local schools will notify parents and students of changes or cancellations to services as soon as possible.

Up-to-date school bus cancellation information will be added to the Department of Education’s closure website. 

Parents of children using bus services are encouraged to talk to their children about practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing where they can, and respecting the clearance zone around bus drivers.

Cash payments will not be accepted on-board regional bus services including school buses until further notice. This temporary change is to reduce contact between drivers and passengers where possible.

The myki bus network permanently removed on-board top ups and myki sales from July 2020 and passengers should ensure they have a valid myki, ready for travel ahead of time.

Cash continues to be accepted at station ticket offices and PTV hubs, however, payment with debit or credit cards is preferred.

When travelling on public transport you must wear a fitted face mask if you are eight years and over, covering your nose and mouth for your entire journey.  

Real-time traffic conditions are available on the VicRoads website or via the VicTraffic mobile app and for the latest public transport information, visit the PTV website.