Speed Management Plan for School Zones
Safer speeds in our neighbourhoods
We are making our local roads safer in the Ruapehu District for all road users starting with ensuring there are safe and appropriate speed limits in all our school zones.
Why are we reviewing speed limits on local roads?
Speed plays an undeniable role in the high numbers of people being killed or seriously injured on New Zealand’s roads.
Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it’s what will most likely determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or is unharmed. When speed limits are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy.
As the Road Controlling Authority (RCA) for the Ruapehu District Council is required to ensure all local roads have a safe and acceptable speed limit. Safe and appropriate speed limits are a key lever in creating a safe transport system that puts all people, no matter their mode of transport, at its heart.
Lower speed limits also equate to lower harmful emissions and noise pollution, making communities more attractive for living, working, or visiting. Lower vehicle speeds also encourages more people to cycle, walk, or use other modes of transport which is good for our environment.
National road safety plan
The Government's national road safety plan aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 40 per cent by 2030. To achieve this goal, safer speeds are needed.
As a RCA we must follow the Government’s Land Transport Rule - Setting of Speed limits 2022 (the Rule). This Rule requires a safe and acceptable speed on all roads and that each RCA develops a Speed Management Plan.
One of the key actions in the national road safety plan is to ensure there are safe speed limits around all schools by the end of 2027.
What is the Interim Speed Management Plan for school zones?
The interim Speed Management Plan focuses on reducing speeds around all Ruapehu schools before 1 July 2024. It is the first stage in the development of a comprehensive Speed Management Plan covering all roads managed by Ruapehu District Council as the local Road Controlling Authority (RCA).
At a later stage Council will be consulting on a Speed Management Plan for all other local roads within our jurisdiction.
Process and timeframe
Council will consider all submissions to the school zone speed proposals in the interim Speed Management Plan and potentially make changes based on the feedback received.
Once the final interim Speed Management Plan is adopted by the Council the Plan is submitted to Waka Kotahi NZTA for certification. We are then able to implement the new speed limits.
We expect to complete the implementation of any changed school zone speed limits by 30 June 2024.
School zone speed proposals - Have your say
Council seeks feedback on the proposals for the school zones of interest to you before Friday 29 September.