Road safety

Cover of Guide to Road Safety Part 3: Speed Limits and Speed Management
Guide to Road Safety Part 3: Speed Limits and Speed Management
  • Publication no: AGRS03-08
  • ISBN: 978-1-921329-42-5
  • Published: 1 February 2008
  • Edition: 1.1
The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of speed limits and their application as a speed management tool. The use of appropriate speed limits form an integral part of a safe road system. They are a speed management tool used to improve road safety, while maintaining the efficiency of the road network. Within the context of a safe road system, speed limits need to reflect the varying types of road users, the road environment, types of vehicles driven and the safety, amenity and economic needs of the community. The general philosophy adopted when setting speed limits is that when they are being assessed they take into consideration a comprehensive range of factors. These factors include the safety record of the road, the roads operating performance, the road and roadside infrastructure, geometry and roadside development.

Edition 1.1 updates the Guide format, no text changes were made.