The Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

1 Waka Kotahi have proposed sweeping speed limit reductions across the country, and Transporting New Zealand need transport operators to help us provide feedback.

2 Transporting New Zealand will be writing a submission on Waka Kotahi’s Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan, criticizing the agency’s singular focus on speed reduction and disregard for freight connections. Our concerns have already been reported in a recent New Zealand Herald article. We will also be working with our national team of sector advisors to provide technical feedback at a regional level.

3 However, our most powerful asset is specific feedback from our transport operator members, who work on these roads every day. We are encouraging our members to provide feedback directly to Waka Kotahi, or through Transporting New Zealand.

4 Waka Kotahi have provided maps detailing the proposed speed changes for each of New Zealand’s 15 regions. Hyperlinks to each map are available below:

Northland speed reduction map                                            Auckland speed reduction map
Waikato speed reduction map                                               Bay of Plenty speed reduction map
Gisborne speed reduction map                                              Hawke’s Bay speed reduction map
Taranaki speed reduction map                                               Manawatū speed reduction map
Greater Wellington speed reduction map                              Nelson/Tasman speed reduction map
Marlborough speed reduction map                                       West Coast speed reduction map
Canterbury speed reduction map                                           Otago speed reduction map
Southland speed reduction map                                            [Full Consultation Document]

5 Each proposed speed limit change has a reference number (XX-X) to help with providing
feedback. We want to tell Waka Kotahi:

a. The impact that the proposed speed limit changes will have on your journey times
and route planning.

b. Stretches of road where infrastructure and enforcement are more appropriate
safety tools than speed reduction.

c. What these changes will mean for your business, staff, and road safety.

Submission options

6 You can make an electronic submission directly to Waka Kotahi here.

7 Alternatively, you can email or call Policy Advisor Billy Clemens (04 4718283 and or your Regional Sector Advisor to contribute to the Transporting New Zealand submission.

8 Submissions are due by Monday 12 December 2022.