After looking forward to a call the deputy chief minister this morning to have a brief and healthy debate about speed limit signage in the ACT, I was surprised to be cut off almost immediately. I asked the question, and then was told by Andrew Barr that he had been advised that the ACT does comply with Australian standards, boom! Case closed. Call over. Aww, no fun
Australian Standard 1742.4 is a 30 page document outlining how speed limit signs should be put up. How speed limit zones must be implemented. Minimum lengths of zones. That kind of thing. Unfortunately the document is copyrighted, so I cannot post it up in its entirety. The standard was developed by committee MS-012, which the ACT’s TAMS was a member of
Being interested in the topic, I invested in a copy of the standard and read it through. I am nothing short of appalled at the lack of compliance with the Australian Standard that can be found on our roads here in Canberra.
In an attempt to raise awareness of this and force a change, I have started a website, www.actroads.org, which outlines dozens of examples of speed limit signage and speed limit zones in the territory that flat out do not comply with Australian standards.
Roads like Commonwealth Ave… 50,000 vehicles per day, a mobile camera approved road, yet the southbound carriageway has absolutely zero speed limit signs that comply with the standard. A brand new 70km/h sign was installed last week on the median strip for traffic on the southbound carriageway. The sign is a size A sign. AS1742.4 states that size A signs shall only be used on minor urban roads where speed limits are 60km/h or below. The sign blatantly does not comply with the standard.
The ACT has the most fixed speed cameras per person in the country already. We have more speed cameras to come later this year, thanks to the installation of average speed cameras on Hindmarsh drive. Am I the only one who believes that the current situation of huge levels of enforcement of speed limit zones that do not comply with national standards is simply not appropriate? Not fair? Dangerous?
I can understand that normal people will not find road infrastructure terribly interesting. However this is something that affects everybody. All motorists have their speed checked several times a day in the ACT. All motorists drive through dozens of speed limit grey areas every day in the ACT.
Speed limits are an important part of overall road safety, yet gross complacency on the government’s part when it comes to implementing them, will lead to gross complacency when it comes to motorists obeying them.
What can I do to make this issue news? What can I do to embarrass the ACT GovCo to pick up their act? Suggestions?