The Victorian Government wants to hear from motorists as it considers simplifying the state's speed limits. The announcement comes after news that New South Wales has streamlined a number of speed zones this week.
Roads Minister Terry Mulder said today that while feedback is being sought on all roads, the ten speed-zone changes along Balaclava Road in Caulfield North stood out as a source of frustration for motorists.
"Many Victorians have expressed confusion and frustration at roads with multiple speed limit changes, school zones, shopping strips and town centres," Mr Mulder said.
"This section of Balaclava Road/Carlisle Street, for example, includes a 40 km/h strip 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."
Mr Mulder said that VicRoads has been tasked with reviewing Balaclava Road's existing speed zones, with instructions to simplify the changes.
He added that while motorists are asked to give their input, consideration must be given for providing a balance between safety and mobility, accommodating traffic, pedestrians and surrounding developments.
Mr Mulder said the VicRoads Review of Speed Limits would investigate:
- Routes with large numbers of speed zone changes
- Opportunities to reduce the number of speed limit changes
- School speed zones, including
layout and location
times of operation
days of operation
- Strip shopping centre times
- Speed limits in town centres
- Use and application of advisory speed limits
- Minimum length of speed zones, and
- Consistency of speed limits under similar conditions.
"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," Mr Mulder said.
Submissions are open from 30 August to 11 October 2011 and can be sent to [email protected] or posted to Speed Limit Review, 60 Denmark Street, Kew, Vic, 3101.