Push for 30km/h limit on city streets as NSW speed camera fines hit $200m
“A progressive fine system, tied to a percentage of a person’s income, would be better equipped to curb reckless driving by the privileged in luxury cars without unfairly disadvantage those who are already doing it hard,” she said. declared.
NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said the removal of warning signs from mobile speed cameras had led to a “record” increase in speeding fines. The state government reintroduced the warning signs this year, despite warnings from road safety experts the move would cost lives.
“On all roads likely to be frequented by many pedestrians (…), it has been proven that a speed limit of 30 km/h will save lives.”
Ingrid Johnston, Chief Executive of the Australasian College of Road Safety
Data from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics shows there were 1,123 road fatalities in Australia in 2021 – up from 1,095 in 2020 on NSW roads.
Raphael Grzebieta, professor emeritus at the University of NSW’s Transport and Road Safety Research Centre, accused politicians of ignoring road safety when setting speed limits and making decisions about traffic. application.
“The speed limits set across Australia are often too high for the road conditions the vehicles have to travel in,” he said in a submission to the Federal Government’s 2021 Road Safety Inquiry.
Grzebieta said urban streets should have a 40 km/h speed limit, while rural roads should be 80 km/h. However, a speed limit of less than 30 km/h should be applied on streets with high pedestrian activity.
Speed limits on some streets in the city center could be reduced to 30 km/h to make the roads more attractive for cyclists and pedestrians, the Herald reported earlier this month.
Sydney Mayor Clover Moore has expressed support for a congestion charge and lowering speed limits to 40km/h or less on all streets within Sydney’s city limits.
“Eventually, we would like to see speeds further reduced, with a target of 30 km/h on streets where safety is paramount,” she said. “This limit is consistent with many high-density cities around the world.”
Graham said the state government had a “secret transport plan” to lower speed limits in the city and the bush.
“There might be places where it makes sense to do this, it won’t be everywhere,” he said. “These decisions should be based on science.”
Ingrid Johnston, chief executive of the Australasian College of Road Safety, said the risk of a fatal crash involving a pedestrian increases dramatically at speeds above 30km/h.
“So on any road that is likely to have a lot of pedestrians, like Sydney’s CBD, a 30km/h speed limit is proven to save lives,” she said.
Khoury said speed was one of many factors that caused road fatalities in NSW, alongside fatigue, drink-driving, drug-driving and non- seatbelt use: “If we want to achieve better road safety results, we must tackle all forms of unsafe driver behaviour.”
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