Speed Limits Bylaw 2021

Feedback period closes Tuesday 24 August 2021, 4:30pm

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What’s this about?

We are required to review all speed limits in the District under the Government’s Road to Zero National Road Safety Strategy. To do this, we are undertaking a road catchment-based rolling review of speed limits. Our initial focus is on high-benefit roads where better speed management will reduce serious injury and fatal crashes.

This time round we are reviewing the Kaitāia-Awaroa and Broadwood-Kohukohu catchments, Moerewa urban area, and Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe (Ninety Mile Beach). You can read about all the proposed changes in the Statement of Proposal(PDF, 4MB).

Why are we doing this?

We need to ensure we all get to our destination safely. Better speed management is one way of making our roads safer. Other ways of improving safety include better engineering, safer cars and improving driver education. Government and Council are working on these other options as well, but they take time (and are costly), and we need to reduce serious injuries and fatalities on our roads now.

Speed is a factor in 30% of all fatal and serious injury crashes in Far North. Speed limits on many of our roads were set when limits were restricted to 50 km/h in urban areas, 100 km/h in most other places and 70 km/h on a few semi-urban roads. As a result, our speed limits do not always match the road environment. In some cases, we have 100 km/h speed limits on narrow, unsealed roads with one-lane bridges and poor visibility on corners. Our district has also grown, and traffic volumes have changed. 

The Kaitāia-Awaroa Road is one of the highest risk roads in Northland for serious injury and fatal crashes. By setting the speed limit closer to the average speed driven on this road we will reduce the top-end speed. Research has shown that this approach does not increase travel times for most drivers but reduces serious and fatal injury crashes.

The Moerewa and Taumatamakuku Settlement review is in response to requests from the community; and because there are a high number of serious crashes, particularly on Otiria Road.

We are including Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe (Ninety Mile Beach) to implement the recently released Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe Beach Management Plan. The review proposes a slower speed limit around access points where people spend most of their time.

How can I have a say?

Your views on the proposed new speed limits are important to us, but we need your feedback by 4:30pm on Tuesday 24 August 2021. 

We encourage you to share your feedback using the survey below.

Proposed new speed limits feedback survey

We will be hosting drop-in sessions for those who want to discuss the proposed changes, share their feedback, and learn more in person.

If you cannot use the online survey, you can also:

  • Email your submission to submissions@fndc.govt.nz
  • Drop-off a written submission at any Council service centre or library
  • Post your submission to: Far North District Council, Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440

Currently consulting on speed limits in the following areas:

  • Kaitaia-Awaroa
  • Broadwood-Kohukohu
  • Moerewa urban
  • Te Oneroa-a-Tohe/Ninety Mile Beach

Read about all the proposed changes in the Statement of Proposal(PDF, 4MB).

Council is required to review speed limits across the district as part of the national Road to Zero Road Safety Strategy. This Strategy focusses on five key areas to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes in New Zealand, of which speed management is one. Other focus areas include improved infrastructure, safer vehicles, driver education and enforcement. The Road to Zero Strategy requires us to set speed limits that better match the road environment to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

The Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 sets out what speed limits we can set and how we go about reviewing and setting speed limits. This includes a requirement to seek feedback from the community.

The Far North District Speed Limit Bylaw 2019 provides the legal mechanism for setting speed limits on our local roads (except State Highways). The review we are undertaking at the moment will change this Bylaw by setting new speed limits in the review areas.

We are undertaking speed reviews across Northland in a staged process. We will keep this consultation page updated with new areas that we are consulting on. We will also ensure that each Council web page is kept up to date with speed limit consultations. 

Road catchment area

Consultation opens

Consultation closes

Kaitaia-Awaroa Road catchment including Ahipara (Awanui – Broadwood, west of State Highway 1)

12 July 2021

24 August 2021

Broadwood-Kohukohu (north of Hokianga Harbour)

12 July 2021

24 August 2021

Moerewa urban area, including Taumatamakuku Settlement.

12 July 2021

24 August 2021

Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē/Ninety Mile Beach

12 July 2021

24 August 2021

Kerikeri – Bay of Islands

Late 2021 or early 2022

 

The Speed Limit Review process is managed by the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) as a regional project, covering Far North, Whangarei and Kaipara Districts.

Each Council manages the consultation process for roads in their District according to that Council’s established consultation processes and systems.

Who is the NTA?

The Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) is a collaboration between local government and Waka Kotahi (NZTA) to deliver joined up services for roading and transportation in Northland. Members of the alliance include Far North District Council, Kaipara and Whangarei District Councils and Northland Regional Council. Waka Kotahi (NZTA) is also part of the Alliance but is not part of the Shared Services Business Unit component of the Alliance. 

We have prioritised the areas that we are undertaking speed limit reviews based on evidence-based risk profiles. The risk profile indicates areas where a speed limit or management review will provide the greatest road safety benefits by reducing the number and severity of fatal and serious injury crashes.

In addition to risk assessments, we have also considered feedback received from the community, police and other key stakeholders.

We have commenced the background work needed to review speed limits in the Bay of Islands and Kerikeri area. We expect to seek community feedback on this review late 2021 or early 2022.

Yes, you can. We will record the feedback you provide and consider it when that area is reviewed. We would however prefer that you focus on the areas currently under review.

Yes. We are required to review speed limits on all roads in the district. This will be undertaken in a staged process over time, with the highest risk areas reviewed first.

We will upload information on the submissions received once the submission period has closed.