An open letter to the ACT Government (also emailed directly to government and opposition transport ministers. Their responses will be posted here.)
Speed limits around the airport vary between 60km/h, 70km/h, 80km/h. Currently, speed limits can vary on the same stretch of for vehicles heading in different directions. Speed limits can be different for motorists travelling in the same direction along the same stretch of road, depending on how they’ve entered the road.
The ACT Government has the most speed cameras in the country per capita on our roads, we are more policed than any other people when it comes to the speed limit. We have just had the second worst road toll in a decade… we are still bombarded with “slow down” “obey the speed limit” “if only motorists would just get the message”.
Yet despite this high level of enforcement, and high level of education, the ACT Government appears to have absolutely no quality assurance process when it comes to the final and perhaps most important stage of setting a speed limit… putting up speed limit signs.
The included map is a rough guide I’ve put together showing the speed limits around the airport as currently signposted. As you can see, in three locations, the speed limit is different for different directions of motor vehicle traffic on the same road. In all three of those locations, the road is a two way, undivided road.
If a person driving a motor car mistakes the speed limit to be something other than signposted, they’ll receive a monitory penalty, be awarded demerit points, possibly lose their licence, their job, their home, receive a criminal record… then penalties can be severe.
When ACT government employees or contractors are careless when it comes to installing speed limit signs, or fails to verify a posted speed limit is consistent… what is their punishment, if any?
A government who is complacent when it comes to building and signposting roads, is going to encourage complacency among drivers.
Suggestions for ACT Gov:
• Immediately fix the signage around the airport so that speed limits are consistent and not changing up to 6 times in 4.5km (as is currently the case for westbound traffic travelling along Pialligo Ave)
• Audit your speed limit signage quality assurance process. How did this particular scenario happen and why?
• Investigate the viability of changing all speed limits on roads around the airport to 70km/h. Including:
o Majura road past Brand Depot.
o The top end of the Monaro Highway and Morshead Drive.
o The brief ~200m 80km/h zone at the south eastern end of the airport on Pialligo Ave.
o Fairburn Ave from ADFA to the War Memorial (most motorists appear to travel at 70km/h on this road, there are no driveways or access points along most of it.)
More consistent road safety and speed limit signage standards that are clearly thought out, are more likely to be respected and obeyed by an intelligent population.