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While technical advice is an important part of speed reviews, local knowledge and experience of using our roads is also vital to this process. We actively seek input and feedback from our local government partners and other key stakeholders to make sure any proposals make sense for their region. All communities will have a chance to give their feedback on any proposed speed limit changes in their area.

Speed review process

  1. Speed review starts
    A technical assessment of the road is carried out to find out information like crash history, average speed vehicles are travelling on the road, number of vehicles a day using the road, what is happening around the road (changes in housing, urban development, businesses etc) and other activity on the road. This helps to understand whether the current limit is safe and appropriate for the road.
  2. Engagement
    Conversations with local communities, iwi, councils, road user representative groups and other stakeholders. This will help us get feedback and local knowledge on how people use the road and their concerns. This helps when deciding if lowering the speed limit is the best thing to do to improve road safety, where new speed limits might begin and end, and if any other safety improvements (better signs etc) might be needed.
  3. Formal consultation
    Changing a speed limit is a legal process, so this step is when we show people a detailed proposed speed limit, which has been developed using the technical assessment and feedback from the engagement stage. During this consultation stage, we ask the public and stakeholders for any additional information that might have an impact on the final decision.
  4. Notification of speed limit change
    Once a decision is made based on the submissions from the consultation stage, it is published on our website and an update is sent to anyone who wants to know the decision.
  5. New speed limit on the road
    People can expect to see new speed limit signs on the road.