Draft Speed Management Plan

Thank you to everyone who took part in this Safer Speeds review. The Government is reviewing the rule for speed management around the country. Until this rule has been confirmed, NPDC is pausing work on safer speeds aside from a few proposed changes that are specific to localised areas and/or support planned infrastructure improvements.

Status: Closed
Feedback closed: Sunday 29 October 2023

NPDC's draft Speed Management Plan includes a 10-year vision for speed management, and proposals on how to increase road users’ safety in key areas of the district.

Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries (DSI) on our roads have been trending upward in the last 10 years. To address this, NPDC has a goal of reducing DSI by 40 per cent by 2030.

The proposals focus on improving road users' safety in five key areas:

  • Safer speed limits in two high-risk rural areas: one to the south-west of New Plymouth bounded by Carrington and Mangorei roads and the coast, and another between SH3 and SH3a. The new speed limits would be mostly 80km/h, with some 60km/h where there is already community support for the change. 
  • Permanent lower speed limits in urban areas with high pedestrian and road user movement: 30km/h in central Waitara, Fitzroy and Westown, and 40km/h in central Inglewood (to align with the proposed speeds along the state highway). 
  • Some minor extensions to the New Plymouth CBD 30km/h area.
  • A safer speed limit on roads adjacent to Inglewood’s Windsor Walkway, from 100km/h to 60km/h.
  • Safer speed limits on some DOC roads, including Egmont Road from the national park’s gates to the visitor centre car park.

Any changes would be implemented over the next three years.

You can either fill in the survey form through the feedback link below or email us at speed@npdc.govt.nz.

Drop-in sessions

We’re holding drop-in sessions so that you can find out more about these proposals and share your thoughts. We’d love to see you there!

  • Inglewood Library and Service Centre: 4.30pm-6.00pm, Wednesday 11 October.
  • Waitara Sports Hub: 4.30pm-6.00pm, Thursday 12 October (conference room 2).
  • Ōākura – New Plymouth Old Boys Surfclub: 4.30pm-6.00pm, Wednesday 18 October.