Reviewing speed limits
by Laurie Willetts
A draft revised speed limit bylaw has been approved for public consultation by the Selwyn District Council. The revised bylaw will ensure the council meets its legal obligations for setting speed limits and will bring it up to date with best practice, NZTA and legal requirements.
The council has also approved a range of speed limit changes for public consultation. The changes in question are mainly around schools, and follow a prior round of speed limit changes in late 2017.
The proposed speed limit changes include reducing speed limits around school frontages to 40 km/h. A variable 40km/h school zone speed limit on Weedons Ross Road fronting Weedons School and Robinsons Road fronting Broadfield School. Reducing all 70km/h limit areas to either 60km/h or 50km/h and reducing a number of 100km/h areas to either 80, 60 or 50km/h.
Changes to some 70km/h zones are also proposed, in line with NZTA guidelines. Consultation on both the bylaw and the speed limit changes will be open until February 2019.
Selwyn District has 25 schools — 22 primary and three secondary schools. The ‘Your Speed’ radar that is mounted at various times outside Selwyn District schools has identified speeding concerns. Police strictly enforce speed past schools, and anyone caught travelling more than 4km/h above the posted speed limit within 250 metres of a school or early childhood centre boundary is liable for a fine. The speed limit is 20km/h when passing a school bus that has stopped to let children on or off. This rule applies to traffic on both sides of the road.
The consultation will be on the council website at yoursay.selwyn.govt.nz.