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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: 10/07/2019 4:55 p.m.

Setting speed limits

We have the responsibility to set speed limit restrictions on local roads, but we have to follow a range of national guidelines and rules in setting these speed limits.

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

Council is required to set speed limits that are safe and appropriate and balance the need for an efficient road network.  A key focus is the reduction of speed related fatal and serious harm accidents. 

The Land transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 sets out the process for setting speed limits and requires us to consider a range of factors, including road geometry, crash risk, pedestrians activity and 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.

follow the link below to view the Bylaw and its Schedules.



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