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Speed Limits

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This page contains information about the district's speed limits and the process that is followed to change them.
Updated: 24/12/2013 10:33 a.m.

Setting speed limits

We have the responsibility to set speed limit restrictions on local roads but we do not have the powers to choose the speed limit itself.

Speed limits are set according to national policy and in consultation with Land Transport NZ (LTNZ), the Police, the Automobile Association (AA) and other related parties.

The "Speed Limits Rule" requires Council to set a speed limit based on the development, (number of houses or business), along a given section of road. It also takes into account other factors such as road geometry, parking, walking, cyclists, location of schools as well as the number of property entrances.

The objective of the Rule is to promote national uniformity in speed limits across the country and balance the needs of road users to travel on New Zealand roads at reasonable and appropriate speeds.

Changing speed limits

The Speed Limits Bylaw 2005 was last amended with a new Schedule in 2008, after the public consultation process had been completed.

To read a summary of the Bylaw and the full version of the document, follow the link below.



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