Road work speed limits when no one is working could end for drivers on NSW roads


Push to end infuriating road work speed limits where NO-ONE is even doing anything – and bring an end to one of the frustrating aspects of driving on Australian roads

  • NSW Labor promise speed sign rule changes for road work areas if elected 
  • Drivers in the state must keep to slower road work speed limits even after hours 
  • Drivers must obey signs even when there are no workers about in the area
  • Victoria and South Australia alter speed limits so drivers can go at normal speed

Drivers could soon see an end to road work speed limits when there are no workers even there, including during the evening and on weekends. 

The signs order motorists to slow down while workers are in the area, sometimes to as slow as 40km/h, for their safety.

But in a scenario which infuriates millions of drivers, these signs often linger long after workers leave, forcing cars to travel slowly even though there is no risk.

NSW Labor put out an ad over the weekend saying it would change the rules around road work areas in the state if elected to the run the state government (pictured)

NSW Labor put out an ad over the weekend saying it would change the rules around road work areas in the state if elected to the run the state government (pictured)

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NSW Labor has promised to scrap the rules in line with other states if it is elected to power at the state’s election next March.  

Labor Opposition Leader Chris Minns told 2GB on Monday it made sense to allow motorists to drive at normal speeds when workers are clearly not present.

‘We think it is a common sense approach where there is a road work area, but clearly no road workers in the middle of the job,’ Mr Minns said.  

‘[If] there is an unobstructed road and it’s safe to do so motorists will be able to return to the normal driving conditions.’ 

Mr Minns also said regional areas faced the problem where some of the 40km/h speed signs stay in place for weeks while no work is being done. 

‘With these hidden mobile speed cameras you can see motorists getting caught well above that 40km/hr speed limit and potentially losing their licence,’ Mr Minns said. 

Victoria and South Australia both monitor road work areas, where speeds rules go back to normal when road works are not in progress.

NSW Labor released an image over the weekend saying they would change ‘Road Works Ahead 40km reduced speed’ signs to ‘Road Work Done’ with ‘maintain speed’ signage. 

Mr Minns told 2GB host Ben Fordham his government would leave it to the experts to communicate the message to drivers. 

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns (pictured) told 2GB host Ben Fordham his government would leave it to the experts to communicate the varying-speed message to drivers

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns (pictured) told 2GB host Ben Fordham his government would leave it to the experts to communicate the varying-speed message to drivers

Victoria and South Australia both monitor road work areas, where speeds rules go back to normal when road works are not in progress (pictured, a Sydney traffic worker)

Victoria and South Australia both monitor road work areas, where speeds rules go back to normal when road works are not in progress (pictured, a Sydney traffic worker)

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