Matamata speed limit changes
The Matamata-Piako District Council last month [17 May 2017] adopted an amended Land Transport Bylaw to reduce speed limits around three Matamata schools for 40 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. Council also resolved to extend the 70km/h limits on the outskirts of Matamata at Hinuera Rd and Banks Rd for 20m and 30m respectively to improve sightlines and safety. The bylaw will come into effect on 3 July. Firth Primary, Matamata Intermediate and Matamata Christian School were chosen for the variable speed limit following an assessment of all the schools in the district to identify safety priorities. These schools were identified as high priority sites, and will be issued with active school signs, which light up to alert drivers they are entering a 40km/h school zone, and have flashing lights during the high risk periods before and after school. “The new variable speed limit aims to make it safer for children to walk and cycle to school,” says Mayor Jan Barnes. Funding for the signs comes from Council’s annual minor improvement fund as approved by NZ Transport Agency and subsidised by the agency. The changes are to:
- Introduce a 40 km/h variable speed zone on Smith Street and Station Road, encompassing three schools [Firth Primary, Matamata Intermediate and Matamata Christian School, see map below]
- Extend the existing 70km/h speed limit on Banks Rd 30m beyond O’Sullivan Drive, to improve safety at the intersection
- Extend the existing 70km/h speed limit 20m further north on Hinuera Road. This will allow the speed limit sign to be moved away from the corner, to reduce the potential for drivers being distracted.
The bylaw also clarifies mobility parking restrictions and requirements to help ensure the designated parking spaces are available for those holding a Mobility Parking Permit. It is an offence to park in a mobility space without the correct permit being displayed. The Council received 13 submissions on the Land Transport bylaw proposals. To see details, go to http://mpdc.nz/speedlimit
Green dotted line represents the 40km/h variable speed limit