The new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the 2022 Rule) came into force on 19 May 2022 replacing the existing Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017. The 2022 Rule was implemented as part of the "Road to Zero - New Zealand's Road Safety Strategy 2020-2030" and sets out the roles and responsibilities of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, the Director of Land Transport and road controlling authorities for setting speed limits. The new 2022 Rule will significantly change the way speed limits are set in Aotearoa.
Under the 2022 Rule we will see:
The NZ Transport Agency is expected to release the Speed Management Guide: Road to Zero edition (the Guide) very soon. The Guide will help road controlling authorities to make informed, accurate and consistent speed management decisions in their communities as well as providing guidance on how to set speed limits under the 2022 Rule.
As we transition to the new 2022 Rule there are some things Territorial Authorities and Regional Council’s should be thinking about, including:
If you have any questions about the new 2022 Rule or what it requires you to do, please contact a member of our Local Government team.
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