Road Works and Temporary Speed Limits
There is nil ‘wriggle room’ around these temporary sites. We must have slowed down to e.g. 30km/h at the temporary speed sign & not speed up till the increase in speed sign….e.g. back to 50km/h.
Obviously the lower speeds are there for the safety of road crew in the area, and also to lessen the effects of vehicles travelling over loose gravel & uneven surfaces.
At times these can be confusing & sometimes the signs are not ‘compliant’. For context, the other day we had a young man who was an excellent driver & should have ‘flown through’, however he encountered contractors who had erected 30km/h signage on South Belt.
He passed the very short worksite & ahead was a long straight with nil other work being carried out ahead. He slightly increased his speed to a meagre 40km/h & after rounding a bend at the end of the straight, he then came across the 50km/h signs.
The testing officer gave him an ‘immediate fail’, as he had exceeded a speed limit for more than 10 seconds & they returned to VTNZ.
Aaron, his mentor & support person on the test, was obviously so disappointed with this, and along with myself thought it very harsh indeed.
I immediately visited the site when I was made aware of the outcome & spoke with a Council compliance officer who was checking the site.
He agreed with me that the area was non-compliant as it didn’t have ‘repeater’ 30km signs every 400m.
I notified NZTA of this episode but not much could be done about this, although I requested they inform testing officers that they need to be aware of these anomalies, and if there is a confusion at worksites, then a bit of ‘leeway’ would be the appropriate actions & not an ‘immediate fail’.
The advice is to the student to strictly adhere to the lower speeds at all times, until they reach a higher speed threshold.