About 42 per cent of schools in western Sydney have faded signs that are hard to see, says the largest survey of school zone signs ever conducted in NSW and the ACT.
The NRMA’s Keep School Zones Safe survey received more than 900 responses from schools about the condition of school zone signs at 537 schools.
Fifty-seven schools are in the local government areas of Blacktown, the Hills and Parramatta.
It found that 61 per cent of signs surveyed had not been upgraded to the Australian standard fluorescent yellow-green colour.
NRMA Motoring and Services director David Bentham said signs at 25 per cent of the schools were also hard to see because they were blocked by trees, power poles or other roadside clutter.
“The report shows school zone safety is a major concern, with almost three-quarters of responses received from the region (74 per cent) wanting safety issues around schools addressed,’’ he said.
“Almost two-thirds of schools in the region (63 per cent) lack school crossing supervisors or lollipop people during busy drop off and pick-up periods, and more than half of schools (51 per cent) lack flashing lights.”
The survey also identified unclear road markings in 42 per cent of 40km/h painted road mark badges and 39 per cent of zebra crossings, and and 25 per cent of dragon’s teeth road markings were worn and faded.