Mulder seeks feedback on simplifying speed zones

Roads minister seeks feedback from public on reducing the number of speed zones

August 31, 2011

The Victorian Government is inviting drivers to have their say on confusing and potentially dangerous stretches of road that have several speed limit changes.

Minister for Roads Terry Mulder is calling for input on Balaclava Road in Caulfield North, saying the location is an example of where there are 10 speed zones between Brighton Road/St Kilda Road and Kambrook Road.

"Many Victorians have expressed confusion and frustration at roads with multiple speed limit changes, school zones, shopping strips and town centres," Mulder says.

"This section of Balaclava Road/Carlisle Street, for example, includes a 40 km/hr shopping centre speed limit, 40 km/h school speed limits and 60 km/h speed limits, with a total of eight speed zone changes in four kilometres.

"We’ve asked VicRoads to conduct this review to make speed limits simpler, more consistent and easier to understand for all Victorians."

He says it is important that speed limits are applied consistently across the state to ensure that they are easy for drivers to adhere to.

Submissions to the 2011 VicRoads review of speed limits are now open for road users to nominate roads where they believe the speed limit should be reviewed. The review will be completed by December.

"If you have something to say about roads with too many speed zone changes, speed zones at schools or shopping strips, or you have a suggestion to make speed limits easier to understand, we want to hear from you," Mulder says.

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