After reviewing speeds, we are now formally consulting on new permanent speed limits for State Highway 51 (SH51), between Waipatu in Hastings and Marine Parade in Napier, and the winding section of State Highway 5 (SH5), from Rangitaiki to Esk Valley.

These sections have been chosen because communities have asked for speeds to be lowered and because they have a high crash risk. 

We want to know what you think before we make a decision.

We also want to hear your thoughts about the remaining sections of SH5 which include Esk Valley and the Rangitaiki Straights to help us decide if we should propose new speeds here in the future too.

Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and the severity of crashes when they happen. A small reduction in speed can make a big difference, especially when cyclists or pedestrians are involved. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but even when it’s not the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed.

We’re working towards a future where no-one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lots of change is needed to get us there but there is one thing we can do that will make a huge difference immediately – ensure speed limits are safe and right for the road.

Since 2010, more than 150 people have either lost their life or been seriously injured as a result of crashes on State Highway 51 (SH51) and State Highway 5 (SH5). These are whanau, friends and workmates.


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