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Powell Media Release – LNP to deliver sensible speed limits to get Glass House residents home sooner

18 August 2017

 Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said a Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will review speed limits on 100 Queensland roads to ensure limits are sensible and safe.

Mr Powell said when in government, a similar review formed part of the LNP’s $350 million Road Safety Action Plan that delivered Queensland’s lowest road toll on record.

“Speed limits aid in keeping motorists safe, but they also influence congestion. Congestion costs motorists time and our economy money. Having ‘fit-for-purpose’ speed limits will help alleviate congestion and get Queenslanders home sooner.”

“In the past we have had changes on local roads like the D’Aguilar Highway, Steve Irwin Way and Maleny-Kenilworth Road as a result of residents asking for speed increases, speed decreases and/or greater consistency.”

Mr Powell said many current speed limits are a result of legacy limits which haven’t kept up to date with the increased standard of roads or do not take into consideration local variances.  Given residents continue to raise speed limit issues across the electorate he supports opening the review up to all Queenslanders. Last time, 3,000 roads were nominated leading to 100 changes.  Mr Powell said the LNP would again ensure police and road safety engineers assess the speed limits on short-listed roads in Glass House to protect community safety.

“Queenslanders will be encouraged to nominate speed limits for review because they are the ones who drive these roads every day.”

“Depending on the outcome of the review, a road’s speed limit can either increase, decrease or stay the same. In a number of cases speed limits along a stretch of road may increase and decrease to create a standard limit.

“The LNP’s Sensible Speed Limits Policy is a part of our plan to build safe and liveable communities which, in turn, will help us Build a Better Queensland,” Mr Powell concluded.

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Ends 18 August 2017


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