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Speed limits bylaw

The speed limits policy balances the interests of mobility and safety by ensuring speed limits are safe, appropriate and credible for the level of roadside development and the category of road for which they're set. They must also be nationally consistent.

How we review speed limits

Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003 contains the process needed for reviewing a speed limit, which involves a rating system to determine the appropriate speed for any given road environment.

Most speed limits are up-to-date for compliance with the rule, so any changes are only expected to be necessary in locations where the road environment changes significantly, for example, in areas of high business or residential growth.

For speed limits on state highways or motorways, visit the NZ Transport Agency website.


Schedule of speed limits


This schedule will not be updated as changes are made to speed limits. Instead, changes to speed limits will be recorded in the separate Register of Speed Limits that Auckland Transport will maintain as required by the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003. It is this register that will be kept up to date as changes are made by resolution under the Auckland Transport Speed Limits Bylaw 2012.


Speed limit bylaw 2012

Auckland Transport Board meeting 18 July 2012


Explanatory Note

This bylaw made pursuant to the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003 made under the Land Transport Act 1998, allows for Auckland Transport as the road controlling authority to set speed limits on roads under the care, control or management of Auckland Transport. This bylaw revokes and replaces the bylaws setting speed limits made by the previous local authorities of Auckland.

This explanatory note is for information purposes only and does not form part of this bylaw.

1 Title

This bylaw is the Auckland Transport Speed Limits Bylaw 2012.

2 Commencement

This bylaw comes into force on 1 August 2012.

3 Application

This bylaw applies to all roads under the care, control or management of Auckland
Transport for which it has bylaw-making powers.

4 Purpose

The purpose of this bylaw is to allow Auckland Transport to set speed limits in
accordance with the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003 on all roads
under the care, control or management of Auckland Transport.

5 Interpretation

(1) In this bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires, -
Designated location means a designated location under the care, control or
management of Auckland Transport.
Rule means the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2003.

(2) Any undefined words, phrases or expressions used in this bylaw have the same
meaning as in the Land Transport Act 1998, and the Rule.

(3) The Interpretation Act 1999 applies to this bylaw.

6 Speed limits

(1) Auckland Transport may by resolution -

(a) set permanent, holiday, variable or minimum speed limits for any road in
Auckland under the care, control or management of Auckland Transport;

(b) set speed limits for any road in a designated location in Auckland under the care, control or management of Auckland Transport;

(c) designate urban traffic areas of Auckland under the care, control or
management of Auckland Transport.

(2) Auckland Transport may only set a speed limit or designate an urban traffic area if it
has complied with the relevant requirements of the Rule.

7 Revocation and savings

(1) The following bylaws or parts of bylaws respecting speed limits are revoked to the
extent that they apply to any roads under the care, control or management of
Auckland Transport:

(a) Auckland City Council Traffic Bylaw 2006;

(b) Franklin District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2005;

(c) Chapter 16 (Speed Limits) of the Manukau City Consolidated Bylaw 2008;

(d) Part 6 (Traffic Control) of the North Shore City Council Bylaw 2000;

(e) Papakura District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2009;

(f) Chapter 18 (Road Speed Limits) of the Rodney District Council General Bylaw 1998; and

(g) Waitakere City Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2010;

(2) The speed limits made under the bylaws referred to in clause 7(1) set out in Schedule 1 to this bylaw remain in effect until changed by resolution made under this bylaw

(3) Any act undertaken in accordance with any of the bylaws listed in clause 7(1) that is continuing at the commencement of this bylaw, continues to have full force and effect.

Schedule 1

Schedule of speed limits

The Schedule of Speed Limits can be found on the Bylaws page on the Auckland Transport website.


Need more information?

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