A car’s speed limits in NSW are set by a set of rules which means a vehicle can drive in an area that’s too fast for other cars, a new report has found.
The report, from the Roads, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), found the NSW Government had not changed the speed limit on major highways to be closer to the speed of a car, despite the number of vehicles on the road.
The state is one of six that has introduced a speed limit above 80km/h on major roads, while the rest have raised it.
However, the RMT said it found “no evidence” that the speed limits were changed to keep cars off roads.
The organisation’s road safety spokesperson, Tony Taylor, said the NSW government’s actions to restrict the speed and speed limits for motor vehicles on major roadways had been inadequate.
“There are no new speed limits on major arterials, like the state’s main roads, but the NSW State Government has failed to consider what the impact of these new speed zones would be for people, for the environment, for road users and for communities,” Mr Taylor said.
“The Government’s approach to the slow moving roads of the state has been based on a misguided belief that slow speeds are a result of drivers being slow and therefore unsafe, which is simply not true.”
The report’s author, Professor Brian Taylor, from Newcastle University, said it was important to understand the “big picture” when it came to speed limits.
“If you think about the big picture of the roads in New South Wales, you can understand why the State Government would like to keep the speed on the high end of what it considers to be acceptable,” he said.
“The main roadways of New South Australia are a mix of urban, rural and regional, with a number of small towns and villages to each side of them, and this mix makes it extremely difficult to see the speed limitations of these major roads in the light of day.”
There’s a huge amount of variation in the speeds across these roads, and the State needs to do a better job of identifying and identifying speed limits where people are most likely to be, and not just for speed in urban areas, but in rural areas too.
SMMTT works closely with the State Roads and Motor Vehicles Authority to promote safe, efficient and cost effective road travel in the State,” a spokesman said. Loading