Public gets say on review of Queensland speed limits

Queensland residents can go online to nominate a speed limit on a road they believe should be reviewed

August 1, 2013

A review of Queensland’s speed limits is now underway, and the public has been asked to name roads it believes should be examined.

A key part of the State Government’s two-year road safety action plan, Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says the review aims to apply consistent speed limits across Queensland to make roads safer.

He wants residents to go online or write to nominate a speed limit on a road they believe should be looked at.

"We particularly want to hear concerns about roads with too many speed zone changes, or where there are not enough speed limit signs," Emerson says.

"Any changes to speed limits need to have the right balance between safety and taking into consideration traffic, pedestrians and surrounding infrastructure."

Emerson says engineers will consider the potential for lower or higher speed limits where the road conditions have changed since the speed limit was initially set.

After all public submissions have been lodged, the Department of Transport and Main Roads will work with local councils to identify the top 100 roads for review.

Emerson says the review is expected to take about six months and that the results will be published.

He says the review is the first major review of speed limits in Queensland since the introduction of mobile speed cameras in 1997.

"Currently reviews are conducted in different regions of the State. However, this is the first time we’ve called for nominations as part of these reviews," Emerson says.

The Queensland Government’s road safety plan includes reforming the licensing system, investing $82 million a year in road safety improvements and installing flashing lights at 300 schools.

"The 2013 road toll is currently 17 above last year. We are working hard to make our roads as safe as possible and this review is an important part of that," he says.

Queensland residents have until September 6 to lodge submissions online or by post to Speed Limit Review, PO Box 673, Fortitude Valley 4006.

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