Fury over move to slap a 40km/h speed limit on EVERY street in a local council area that will cause CHAOS in the heart of Sydney – as fuming locals erupt: ‘This is insanity’
- The speed limit was proposed by Sydney Inner West councilor Pauline Lockie
- She also proposed a 30km/h speed limit near schools and areas used by cyclists
- However, residents reacted with fury after she shared the plans on Facebook
Furious citizens have slammed a Sydney council after it revealed plans to introduce a 40km/h speed limit on all its roads.
The Inner West Council claims that the speed limit would improve road safety, particularly near schools.
It would be the first such move to affect an entire local government area, which has 186,000 residents and sits in the heart of Sydney.
The speed limit would mean drivers using arterial roads through the area would slow to a crawl.
The limits would mean drivers doing just 60km/h would be fined $481 and lose four points from their licenses.
Anti-car councillor Pauline Lockie is behind the plan, with her motion receiving unanimous support at council last week.
Councillor Pauline Lockie is behind a plan to impose 40km/h speed limits in Sydney’s Inner West
Ms Lockie was one of the leaders in the campaign to stop one of Sydney’s biggest infrastructure projects in the last generation, the controversial WestConnex, which has cut congestion and improved travel times, but has also been criticised for being too expensive.
In the new speed limit motion, she also proposed a clause that would see speed limits of 30km/h near schools and areas that are popular with cyclists.
The council is now asking NSW Metropolitan Roads Minister Natalie Ward to implement 40km/h limits on priority streets by the end of the year, 40km/h speed limits on the remaining local roads as soon as possible, and 30km/h limits on some streets.
However, residents reacted with fury after Ms Lockie shared the plans on Facebook.
‘This is insanity. 40kph is already too slow – maybe defensible past schools during school start/finish but 30kph?!? Have we lost our minds.
‘Why not just literally wrap ourselves in cotton wool to minimise impact damage rather than just metaphorically,’ said one man.
‘Great – let’s block up the inner west even more and make it even harder to get around, what a joke,’ said another.
‘May as well make it a no car zone, complained a third. ‘Walking only muppet.’
‘Jeez everyone should wrap themselves up in cotton wool and not leave the house in case they get hurt,’ said one exasperated man.
‘How about keeping pedestrians off the roads? I mean seriously, we are now at 50km/h, 40km/h through school zones, is that enough,’ said another.
She also proposed a clause that would see speed limits of 30km/h near schools and areas that are popular with cyclists
The council is now asking NSW Metropolitan Roads Minister Natalie Ward to implement 40km/h limits on priority streets by the end of the year, 40km/h speed limits on the remaining local roads as soon as possible, and 30km/h limits on some streets
’40 is absolutely ridiculous for any road, 100 per cent revenue raising,’ said a citizen concerned about speeding tickets.
Only Transport for NSW can implement the speed limit changes. Ms Lockie said it has yet to make the change – although it had expressed support.
She said she was told a lack of funds for new signs was to blame for the slow progress.
Some have supported her efforts to lower the speed limit.
Residents reacted with fury after Ms Lockie shared the plans on Facebook
Bridget Foley, spokesperson for Safe-Streets-to-School Inner West told City Hub Sydney: ‘Kids and parents want to be able to get to school by walking, scooting or bike riding in the Inner West, especially with their friends. To make this possible, we need safe speed limits on our streets.’
‘A car travelling 30km/h and 1s reaction time will come to stop after 13 meters. A car travelling 50km/h with the same reaction time will still travel 50km/h at that point and needs another 27 meters to stop.’
WalkSydney, an organisation pushing for 30km/hr speed limits across Sydney to improve pedestrian safety, wants the council to go further.
‘Research shows that a fatal injury to a pedestrian is at least twice as likely to occur in a crash at 40km/h than at 30km/h, and at slower speeds, drivers have more time to react to the unexpected’ WalkSydney said.
‘The international evidence is overwhelming that 30km/h speed limits are safer, make neighbourhoods more walkable and pleasant, and only marginally increase travel times.’
It comes after it was revealed that a Melbourne speed camera has locals living in fear as it collects revenue in fines totalling more than $20,000 in value each day – most to drivers who were travelling no faster than 50km/h.
A group of concerned locals, spearheaded by a Mount Eliza mother, have begun their campaign against the rogue speed camera dubbed the ‘Frankston flasher’.
They claim the camera is ‘out of control’ and nabbing people who have done nothing wrong at the intersection of Nepean Highway and Davey Street in Frankston in Melbourne‘s southeastern suburbs.
The Frankston Flasher sits on the intersection of Davey Street and the Nepean Highway in Melbourne (pictured) where locals say it has been wreaking havoc since it was turned on
Maria Davoren (pictured) has taken matters into her own hands and is keeping track of the amount of money locals have been fined as a result of the camera
Some members of the group claim the camera has flashed at them when they’re doing far less than the speed limit, or are even at a complete stop.
The council reduced the speed limit along the patch of the highway from 50km/h to 40km/h in order to facilitate a ‘temporary outdoor dining zone’ along the road in October 2021.
The camera has made more than $370,000 since it was adjusted to enforce the new limit in May. Over 830 people have added their fines to the locals’ running tally.
When speed limits are changed speed cameras are turned off for a short period of time and reconfigured.
Signs informing drivers of the new speed limit were installed when the limit changed, according to the office of Victorian Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll.
Six flashing signs along the highway designed to warn drivers the 40km/h zone continues from the restaurant strip through to the Davey Street intersection have yet to be connected to power, locals claim.
The signs will be connected to power in coming weeks, according to Mr Carroll’s office.
The electronic signs warning drivers they are still in a 40km/h zone (pictured) have not yet been connected to power
The camera has been indiscriminately booking commuters and celebrities alike – Real Housewives of Melbourne star Gamble Breaux was caught out by the speed camera on three different occasions
Maria Davoren, who created the group and a database of complaints against the camera, has since made media appearances to publicise her campaign.
The Mount Eliza mum wanted to make sure those in her group did not come across as ‘hoons’.
‘It is great that this is getting attention as our numbers grow.
‘I set up the group on May 30th, since then I have tallied nearly $400,000 in fines. This figure is very conservative,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Locals and travellers use the group to share their experiences with the Frankston Flasher.
Real Housewives of Melbourne star, Gamble Breaux, is among those to have posted in the group, claiming the camera had also flashed her three times.
‘The Frankston Flasher camera is out of control, and that’s coming from someone who has done 10 years of reality TV.
‘I became aware of Frankston’s Camera Shark … flashing, waiting at the intersection on the opposite side of the road,’ she wrote.