Residents to help set speed limits

Published on 18 October 2019

Far North residents are being asked to help set traffic speeds on 55 mostly rural roads during a month-long consultation starting on Monday 21 October. 

The consultation will review traffic speeds on roads in Kaeo, Waipapa, Waimate North and Okaihau to ensure that limits are safe and appropriate. The review does not include State Highways.

The Council is also proposing variable school speed zones outside Springbank School in Kerikeri and Te Rangi Aniwaniwa in Kaitaia. Variable speed zones apply lower speed limits outside schools while children are present during normal school hours. 

The consultation is the start of a rolling review of speed limits on district roads to be conducted across the Far North over the next 12 months. 

General Manager – Strategic Planning and Policy, Darrell Sargent, says the review is being undertaken as part of the Government’s Safer Journeys Strategy, but also in response to concerns raised by residents about speed limits on a number of district roads.

“Speed limits on many of our roads were set when the options were 50km/h in urban areas, 100km/h in most other places and 70km/h on a few semi-urban roads. As a result, we have some roads where drivers can travel at 100km/h on narrow, unsealed roads with one-lane bridges and poor visibility on corners.”

The consultation proposals include the current speed limit for each road under review, as well as a proposed speed limit that takes into account a range of factors including whether the road is sealed, its primary use and traffic volumes.

“We can set speed limits of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 100km/h so they better match the road environment. Our goal is to create safer, more appropriate and predictable speeds and travel times for all road users.” 

Consultations on the first round of speed limit reviews begin on 21 October and close on 22 November. Submitters who want to speak to the Council about their submission will be heard in December. The Council will release its decisions and make any changes to the Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 in February 2020. 

Go to the Have Your Say page for more information about the speed limit review consultation, including a map of the roads under review and submission forms.