What is a default 50km/h speed limit?

Information courtesy of Great Lakes Council;

Great Lakes Council and local NSW Police are undertaking a campaign to raise awareness of the default 50km/h speed limit.

How fast should you be travelling when you are in a built-up area and there are no speed limit signs? The answer is 50km per hour, the default speed limit in built up areas.

Default speed limits are statutory speed limits that apply in the absence of speed limit signage and therefore do not require signposting. The 50km per hour default speed limit applies in all (built-up) urban areas.

“This means that when you are driving through a built-up area the speed limit is 50km per hour. Most 50km/h speed limit areas are not signposted as they are not required to be” said Great Lakes Council’s Road Safety Officer, Ms Becky Hunter.

“Great Lakes Council is working with the local NSW Police to promote the 50km per hour default speed limit in built-up areas to assist the local community to remember to drive to the speed limit and the conditions in these neighbourhoods”, said Ms Hunter.

In the five year period to 30 June 2013, 25.6% of all casualty crashes occurred in the 50km per hour zones, with speed being the main contributing factor in all crashes in the Great Lakes Local Government Area.

Residents and visitors will see large visual message boards in Forster, Stroud and Bulahdelah during the month of October to remind motorists about the 50km per hour default speed limit in built-up areas.

3 Comments on “What is a default 50km/h speed limit?”

  1. Paul Howarth November 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    60 km speed limit signs – On returning to town from the landfill centre, I noticed that the two speed limit signs on Saville Road, about 200m from Bucketts Way are 60 km/hr. Obviously these signs where not changed when the 50 km/hr speed limit was extended to the full length of Bucketts Way within town residential area. This oversight means that motorists entering from Saville Road can legally drive at 60 km/hr on Bucketts Way within Stroud. I have not checked the speed limit signs on Laman Street or Briton Court Road.

  2. helen gillard October 27, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Thanks Editor for this useful info .. in the absence of signs, what determines a “built-up” (urban) area?
    Number of houses per square km? along road? in distance? gut-feeling? or common sense?
    That sense we all think we have but in fact is rarely practised, in urban or country areas.

  3. P.Hudson October 27, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    What is the correct definition of a built-up area? – this appears to be another example of this council cutting costs at the motorists expense.

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