Auckland Transport (AT) has welcomed the announcement by the Government of its “Tackling Unsafe Speeds” programme.
A key initiative in the programme will see speed limits around urban schools reduced to 30km/h (or 40km/h where appropriate). There will be a maximum speed limit of 60km/h around rural schools.
The announcement today, from Associate Minister for Transport, Julie Anne Genter, comes just weeks after AT announced speed reductions on more than 700km of roads in the region.
Bryan Sherritt, Executive General Manager – Safety at Auckland Transport, says the new speed limit around schools is key to protecting some of the most vulnerable road users – children.
“This new national policy will undoubtedly save lives and massively reduce the harm caused through crashes involving children.”
Bryan Sherritt says that independent research undertaken by Auckland Transport shows that 67% of people support lower speeds near schools, kindergartens and community facilities.
“Driving even a few kilometres slower can make a huge difference when it comes to making our roads safer for everyone. This new speed limit will help to protect children, especially around busy drop off and pick up times.”
Julie Anne Genter made the announcement at Owairaka District School, Mount Albert, where she was supported by school principal Sheryl Fletcher.
Parent Leonie Freeman said she was happy to hear the news this morning.
"Our school is on a very busy road - so any changes to make it safer is welcomed. Lots of kids walk to school every day, so anything to make it safer is a great idea.
Find out more information about our safe speeds programme.