When determining the proposed speed limits that were consulted on, we reviewed the speeds that people are currently driving on this road, as well as the road itself. The permanent speed limits we decided on were assessed as safe and appropriate speed for this section of highway.
Consultation feedback from the local community, businesses, tour operators and key stakeholders showed broad but not unanimous support for lower speed limits. Several submitters wanted other measures to improve safety concerns on this road. These included Ideas addressing dangerous driver behaviour, increased Police enforcement and providing more safe passing opportunities.
A considerable investment has been made over the last three years in safety improvements on this highway including bridge widening, safety barriers and curve signage as part of the Visitor Driver Safety programme.
Several factors were carefully considered, including consultation feedback, before we decided on these new permanent and safer speed limits for this highway corridor. These included its high crash rate, narrow winding nature, mountainous terrain, severe and unpredictable weather, and the risk for the many road users unfamiliar with driving in this environment.