LNP to deliver sensible speed limits across the state - Better Queensland

LNP to deliver sensible speed limits across the state

  • An LNP government will review speed limits on Queensland roads to ensure they are sensible and safe
  • Having fit for purpose speed limits will help alleviate congestion and get Queenslanders home sooner
  • The short-list of 100 roads will be assessed by police and road safety engineers

A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will review speed limits on 100 Queensland roads to ensure limits are sensible and safe.

Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls said, when in government, the LNP’s $350 million Road Safety Action Plan delivered Queensland’s lowest road toll on record.

“That plan included a review of speed limits on 100 Queensland roads* to ensure limits were appropriate for individual roads,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Congestion costs motorists time and our economy money. Having ‘fit-for-purpose’ speed limits will help alleviate congestion and get Queenslanders home sooner. 

“It’s been a long time since speed limits on many of our roads have been thoroughly reviewed.”

Mr Nicholls said many speed limits are a result of legacy limits which haven’t kept up to date with the increased standard of roads or do not take into consideration local variances.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government scrapped the LNP’s successful speed limit review policy,” he said.

“In that first review Queenslanders nominated 3000 roads, with 100 short-listed to have their speed limits reviewed.”

LNP Shadow Transport and Main Roads Minister Andrew Powell said the LNP would again ensure police and road safety engineers assess the speed limits on short-listed roads to protect community safety. 

“Queenslanders will be encouraged to nominate speed limits for review because they are the ones who drive these roads every day,” Mr Powell said.

“Depending on the outcome of the review, a road’s speed limit can either increase, decrease or stay the same. In a number of cases speed limits along a stretch of road may increase and decrease to create a standard limit. 

“The LNP’s Sensible Speed Limits Policy is a part of our plan to build safe and liveable communities which, in turn, will help us Build a Better Queensland.” 

*Road safety engineers and police conducted safety assessments on the roads, which resulted in changes including:

  • Increasing the speed limit on the Leichhardt, Carnarvon and Warrego Highways from 100 kph to 110kph
  • Reducing the speed on the Scenic Highway between Yeppoon and Emu Park Road to make the hilly route safer
  • Removing several speed changes – creating one limit – along stretches of the D’Aguilar Highway and Olsen Avenue on the Gold Coast
  • Increased speed limits on Waterworks Road at Red Hill, Ashgrove and The Gap; Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road and Narangba Road.

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