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Speed Limits

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This page contains information about the district's speed limits and the process that is followed to change them.
Updated: 4/11/2019 12:00 a.m.

Setting speed limits

We have the responsibility to set speed limit restrictions on local roads, but we have to follow a range of national guidelines and rules in setting these speed limits.

Speed limits are set according to national policy and in consultation with NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), the Police, the Automobile Association (AA) and other related parties.

Council is required to set speed limits that are safe and appropriate and balance the need for an efficient road network. 

A key focus is the reduction of speed related fatal and serious harm accidents. 

The Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017 sets out the process for setting speed limits and requires us to consider a range of factors, including:

  • road geometry,
  • crash risk,
  • pedestrians activity and
  • property entrances.

The objective of the Rule is to promote national uniformity in speed limits across the country and balance the needs of road users to travel on New Zealand roads at reasonable and appropriate speeds.

Changing speed limits

The Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 allows us to set speed limits on roads and locations in the Whangarei District under our management.

The individual speed limits are set out in the schedules, attached to the Bylaw.

Follow the link below to view the Bylaw and its Schedules.

Review of Speed Limit Bylaw Consultation

We are currently reviewing speed limits in the Whangarei District.

We are doing this in a staged process, focussing on areas where the evidence indicates that changing the speed limit will have the greatest impact on reducing fatal and serious harm crashes and improving overall road safety.

The first areas being reviewed are:

  • Vinegar Hill Road
  • Waipu and Nova Scotia Road
  • Ruakaka and One Tree Point

Consultation period is 4 November to 9 December 2019.

You can find the Statement of Proposal, submission forms, frequently asked questions and other information by following the link below.



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