Speed management plans (from 2020)
Speed management plans are one of the tools to address safety issues on a road.
Speed management plans detail engineering improvements and speed limit change proposals for ensuring speed is managed to be appropriate for the road function, design, safety, use and the surrounding environment. Its primary purpose is to encourage road users to travel at a speed that is safe and appropriate to the road. Lower speeds or physical improvements such as median barriers will also reduce the severity of a crash should it occur.
The Road to Zero action plan for 2020-2022 requires the Transport Agency and road controlling authorities to develop speed management plans.
From 2021, the action plan requires road controlling authorities to work collaboratively with their regional transport committee and the Transport Agency to produce regional speed management plans, setting out speed management reviews and safety infrastructure treatments across local roads and state highways in the region. These plans will align with the land transport planning process and will be also be developed every three years.
A national speed management plan setting out speed management reviews and safety infrastructure treatments, including safety camera proposals for all roads, will be compiled from the regional speed management plans.