Roads and Maritime Services set the speed limits on all NSW roads through traffic regulations. Roads and Maritime Services determines the speed limits for all public roads and road users based on a standardised set of guidelines and national agreements which aim to regulate the maximum speed of travel under good road and travel conditions.
How are speed limits set?
The speed limit of a road should reflect the road safety risk to the road users while maintaining the ability of people to easily get to their destination.
Key factors considered in the establishment of a speed limit include crash history, road function, road use, roadside development, road characteristics, traffic mix, crash history and the presence of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicycle riders. Other factors may also include the number, type and frequency of driveways and intersections which indicate potential conflict points.
Can I ask for a review of the speed limit on a road?
Requests can be made directly to Roads and Maritime Services to review a speed limit. This can be done though the Roads and Maritime Services website: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/index.cgi?action=feedback.form
More information about vehicle speed limits and enforcement can be found here: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/safety-rules/road-rules/speed.html