Speed Limit Review


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Speed Limit Review

Marlborough District Council will undertake a review of speed limits on local roads across the region in a two-stage process in 2019 and 2020. The district-wide review is to ensure that the speed limits on our local roads are safe and appropriate and the review excludes State Highways as these are managed by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

On average, one person dies on New Zealand’s roads every day and another is injured every hour. In Marlborough the number of fatal and serious injury casualties rose from 13 in 2013 to 37 in 2017, with speed being a contributing factor in 20% of the crashes.

Currently local councils and road controlling authorities are working to review safe and appropriate speeds and improve road infrastructure across NZ, with an aim to:

  • reduce injury on our roads by looking at how we manage speed limits, and
  • ensure there is a consistent district wide approach adopted to manage speed, design safety and the surrounding environments


Feedback from Council’s review of speed limits on local roads has seen more than 470 submissions received.

All submissions will now be analysed and summarised. Marlborough Roads will present a report outlining its recommendations to the incoming Marlborough District Council, at the Assets and Services Committee meeting in November. A copy of the submissions received will accompany the report.

A second phase of formal consultation will be carried out early next year if there are proposed speed limit changes for some local roads.

  • About the Speed Limit Review Consultation

    For speed limits to be effective, they need to be underpinned by community support and understanding. That’s why we want to hear from you.

  • Braking Distances

    A small increase in vehicle speed also has an immediate corresponding effect on the braking or stopping distance.

  • Drop in Sessions

    Drop in sessions will be held in Blenheim, Picton and Havelock.

  • Speed Limit Review FAQs

    This page contains answers to some of the commonly asked questions relating to the speed limit review.

  • Speed on Rural Roads

    Car crashes on rural roads make up a high proportion of serious road crashes in Marlborough.

  • Speed on Urban Roads

    Speed dictates what happens when the vehicles we drive crash into other cars and into other vulnerable road users