Feedback sought on Speed Limits Bylaw
Gisborne District Council has reviewed its Speed Limits Bylaw and is proposing to reduce the speed limit along Sponge Bay Road. No other changes are planned to the speed limits on local roads in the district. The bylaw covers all the local roads in the Gisborne district, but not State Highways.
Council adopted the proposed bylaw for consultation this week. Community feedback on this is now sought.
The bylaw is used by NZ Police to enforce speed limits. For speed limits to be enforceable they must be legal as set in the current bylaw. The offences and penalties that apply are set under a Land Transport Ruling.
The bylaw aims to minimise the risk to public safety while ensuring that road users can travel on New Zealand Roads at speeds that are reasonable and appropriate.
Four speed limits are proposed to apply in the Gisborne district.
- Roads with a speed limit of 100km per hour – mostly located in rural areas but not townships
- Roads with a speed limit of 70km per hour – in Gisborne city, Hicks Bay, Makaraka, Okitu, Ormond, Te Araroa, Te Puia Springs, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Wainui, Whatatutu
- Roads with a speed limit of 50km per hour – in designated urban traffic areas Gisborne city, Makaraka, Makorori, Manutuke, Matawai, Muriwai, Okitu, Pātūtahi, Ruatōria, Te Karaka, Tikitiki, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Sponge Bay subdivision and Wainui.
- Roads with variable speed limits – by some schools during school hours.
A copy of the statement of proposal, the draft bylaw, maps and the supporting reports are available on our website, customer services in Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne, Te Puia Springs, or HB Williams Memorial Library, Peel Street, Gisborne.
Council prefers that all submissions are in writing. Submissions must be received by Council before 4pm on Friday 19 July 2013.
The Operations Committee will convene a hearing, on 15 August 2013, at which any submitter can present their views in person.