Government considers 40km/h limit in residential areas

Ian Bushnell 7 February 2018 61

Kill the speed? Government considers reducing speed limits in residential areas.

Reducing the speed limit in residential areas to 40km/h may be on the table as part of Government plans to curb road accidents caused by speeding in the ACT.

The ACT Government has commissioned the Monash University Accident Research Centre to conduct an evaluation of the road safety camera program, including a community survey on the enforcement of speeding laws in the ACT.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the respondents would be asked about how fast they think people should be allowed to drive without being booked for speeding and how they would feel if the speed limit in residential areas was reduced to 40km/h, among a range of other topics.

“I know this a topic everyone has an opinion on and now is the chance to have your say,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The evidence is clear—speeding remains a serious cause of death and injury on our roads. We want to know about the community’s awareness of, and attitudes to, our efforts to curb these dangers—and how we can continue to deter people from speeding and running red lights.”

Associate Professor Stuart Newstead from the Monash University Accident Research Centre stressed the importance of community feedback for the evaluation.

“Understanding the ACT community’s knowledge of, and reactions to the road safety camera program is vital to understanding whether the program is delivering the best road safety outcomes for the ACT and to potentially improving the program in the future,” Associate Professor Newstead said.

The community survey is the first stage of the evaluation which has been designed and conducted by Monash University. It takes 5-10 minutes to complete online and answers are all anonymous. The survey is available online at and closes on 30 March 2018.

A full list of camera sites and operational logs is also available on the Government’s open data website

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61 Responses to Government considers 40km/h limit in residential areas
Ferro Fabbri Ferro Fabbri 12:32 am 11 Feb 18

Pointless exercise - all it does is generate revenue fir the govt - a sign with 40 on it doesn’t mean anything if it didn’t mean anything before with 60 on it - maybe teach cbr drivers to drive properly and have realistic speed limits

Paula Barnett Paula Barnett 1:36 pm 10 Feb 18

How many people have been seriously injured or killed in the 50 zones and at what locations and at what times and were the drivers intoxicated etc.etc. it is multi-factoral and this looks like revenue raising..

Tim Hill Tim Hill 10:10 am 10 Feb 18

What rubbish. Reducing the speed limit isn't gonna stop people from driving fast. Even in my street which isn't very long, hoons in their V8's find a way to speed regardless.

Gregory Mark Gregory Mark 9:07 am 10 Feb 18

What about spending some effort on drivers being distracted by using mobile phones ?

Domenic Fabbo Domenic Fabbo 7:00 am 10 Feb 18

Never mind changing the speed limit, how about the ACT Government looks at ways of dealing with burnouts and street racing in our suburban roads that are already have a 50 kph limit?

Joan Porter Joan Porter 8:46 pm 09 Feb 18

No matter what state you live in the road rules should be the same its all Australia

Christine Jones Christine Jones 7:29 pm 09 Feb 18

40, you've got to be kidding! (And yes, I am . 65 years old)!@!

Capital Retro Capital Retro 3:19 pm 09 Feb 18

First time ever yesterday a “radar van” was operating in the 50 kmh limit zone of Bugden Avenue in Fadden.

He would have got at least three Action busses I reckon.

Gayle Vale Gayle Vale 10:05 am 09 Feb 18

I think the low speed is to give the pedestrian, more chance of surviving if hit. Lowering the speed limit will only make those speeding more impatient. Get back to 60 & pedestrians take those earbuds out & tune in to traffic noise so you dont get hit, make the roads safer by increasing the limit on open well sealed roads getting traffic away. Stay in your own lane & don't txt/msg while driving thats why its called DRIVING

house_husband house_husband 5:46 am 09 Feb 18

Agree completely. Our evidence based approach to road safety seems to lacking in evidence. From what little you can tell from the official stats, excess speed is responsible for at most a third of crashes in the ACT. Yet it proportionally gets considerably more coverage. It wouldn’t be because it raises revenue and is easy to blame? Nah.

Simon Hiscock Simon Hiscock 9:55 pm 08 Feb 18

Speed limits are NOT the issue, accountability and enforcement is. As long as hoons think they can get away with speeding, and drifting around roundabouts at 3:00am because they don’t get caught they will.

Jeffrey Brown Jeffrey Brown 8:00 pm 08 Feb 18

Its revenue raising tactics

Lyle Cameron Lyle Cameron 7:32 pm 08 Feb 18

What the ACT Gov’t needs to consider is teaching people 1. How to freaking merge properly and; 2. How not to speed up when entering overtaking zones...

The cat did it The cat did it 6:59 pm 08 Feb 18

I’ve got no problems with such a reduction, but Government would need to demonstrate that there are significant number of accidents in 50kph areas that would be less likely to have occurred if the speed limit was reduced to 40kph.

They should be able to produce the data to support this. Otherwise it will look like just another revenue grab.

Pat Murray Pat Murray 1:15 pm 08 Feb 18

In a ten minute drive to work, I drive through nine different speed zones, and every day, without fail, there is a mobile speed camera van at the optimal place to collect revenue - a downhill stretch of 60 kph limit.

Inez Watts Inez Watts 1:12 pm 08 Feb 18

This is just ridiculous 😠

Julie Buchanan Julie Buchanan 12:09 pm 08 Feb 18

I agree people speed through the streets and its dangerous as some streets don't have footpaths some people walking their dogs children riding bikes or just walking . maybe speed humps should be put down .

    Margaret Freemantle Margaret Freemantle 11:14 pm 08 Feb 18

    Speed humps should be banned- terrible for back injuries and Katy Gallagher promised to stop installing them

Howard Hewison Howard Hewison 11:36 am 08 Feb 18

50 is ok. 60 was fine. You really have to drive to the conditions. If you can't see what is coming , 5 kph could be too fast. What does amaze me is the thought process behind multiple speed limits on a short stretch of road. Pay attention to the road and miss one sign and you are liable for a hefty fine and loss of points. Spend all your time looking for speed limit signs and you become a traffic hazard.

Bord Silver Bord Silver 10:24 am 08 Feb 18

It'll make the suburban buses even more attractive and profitable.

Emanuel Tamas Emanuel Tamas 9:32 am 08 Feb 18

Nah. I think people should now push their cars around the ACT. Reasons:

1. Good for your health.

2. Good for the environment

3. Better fuel economy

4. It'll stop people speeding

5. It'll stop people complaining about this issue all the time.

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