We are dedicated to reducing the harm caused as a result of crashes that occur on our roads.
In addition to safe roads and roadsides, safe vehicles, and safe road users, safe speeds are critical to achieving a safe system that reduces the number of fatal and serious injury crashes.
Reducing speed limits alone leads to measurable declines in average travel speeds, even absent of enforcement and engineering changes.
Reduced travel speeds make it easier for drivers to perceive the road in front of them and they are more likely to notice other road users ultimately making journeys safer for everyone. They also make streets more inviting for people walking and cycling which promotes greater economic activity when compared to streets with high volumes of fast-moving traffic.
In 2022, we undertook a rural speed limit review which involved engagement with the rural community that informed proposed changes to rural speeds.
This proposal was then taken to Council for approval on 13 September 2022. Council declined the proposed changes to rural speed limits sighting the need for further engagement and analysis. We plan to re-present this information to Council in 2023.
In 2023, we are also planning to undertake an urban speed limit review with the urban community that will be taken to Council for approval.
Any approved changes to speed limits on urban roads are likely to be incorporated into the Regional Speed Management Plan which we are developing in conjunction with Taranaki Regional, Stratford, and South Taranaki District Councils.
The current speed limits for our roads in the New Plymouth District can be viewed on the National Speed Limit Register (NSLR). The NSLR provides an online, maps-based, central source of speed limits for all roads in New Zealand.
You can contact NPDC to ask us to review your speed limit at any time. We will review the speed limit considering the current environment and best practice guidance. If the request is considered appropriate, we will then compile a report to Council and, if they support it, forward that to Waka Kotahi for approval.
NPDC is working with the Taranaki Regional Council, Stratford District Council, and South Taranaki District Council to develop a Speed Management Plan for our region. This plan will ideally include all roads within the district, what the proposed change will be (if any) and when that will likely occur. We will undertake extensive community engagement to inform that plan as it is being developed.
80 per cent of crashes happen where there has never been a crash before, reducing the speed limit reduces the (driver mistake) risk that crashes will be fatal or serious in severity.
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Page last updated: 01:45PM Thu 09 February 2023