Infuriating road rule that motorists hate will be scrapped, one major political party promises if elected at the next NSW state election
- NSW Labor promised to scrap hated road rule if they win next state election
- South Australia and Victoria among the states that have ditched the road rule
- Labor leader Chris Minns said it was about time NSW jumped on board
- Parliamentary inquiry launched into mobile speed camera enforcement in NSW
- This led to the recommendation to scrap the 40km/h speed limit
Labor has vowed to scrap the 40km/h speed limit at roadwork sites outside of work hours if it wins the next state election in NSW.
Drivers are currently required to follow the speed limit even when road workers are not present and construction is not occurring on the site.
South Australia and Victoria are among the states that have ditched the speed limit during hours it is deemed safe for motorists.
State Opposition Leader Chris Minns said it was about time NSW jumped on board.
Labor has vowed to scrap the 40km/h speed limit at roadwork sites outside of work hours if it wins the next state election in NSW (pictured, stock image of roadworks)
Drivers are currently required to follow the speed limit even when road workers are not present and construction is not occurring on the site (pictured, stock 40km/h image)
‘We want to return speed limits to normal when work isn’t taking place and there is no requirement from a safety perspective,’ he told Daily Telegraph.
‘This is a commonsense policy. We have seen this work in other jurisdictions, now it’s time for NSW to get up to speed.’
The recommendation to the speed limit comes after a NSW parliamentary inquiry was launched into mobile speed camera enforcement in the state.
Concerns were raised the cameras were still being used at the roadwork sites ‘when works are not occurring’.
The report suggested Transport for NSW review ‘the safety benefits and nature of appropriate speed enforcement’.
Motorists caught breaking the 40km/h speed limit face heavy fines and loss of demerit points.
One driver was caught travelling ignoring the speed limit and driving at 116km/h along the Mitchell Highway near the remote town of Nyngan – in central western NSW.
He was slapped with a $2,520 fine and six demerit points were deducted from his licence.