Not in the fast lane for change
SAFETY remains a fundamental consideration when examining speed limits.
And according to various authorities, that is why a mooted 140kph speed limit for the Hume Freeway isn’t plausible - atleast for now.
Wodonga City councillor Tim Quilty’s call for the higher speed has certainly engaged the public, and in doing so, raised various points of view about how we perceive travelling on one of our country’s busiest freeways.
People have quite rightly highlighted the advancements in motoring technology to enhance car safety, and the fact that higher speed limits work in other countries.
But you cannot compare our double-laned Hume Freeway to multi-laned autobarns in Europe - they simply aren’t the same.
And while many people do cruise the freeway in new, safety enhanced vehicles, more than capable of 140kph, many others don’t.
While your vehicle may be capable of the higher speed, it is ultimately the variables - be it a driver’s capabilities, the condition of the freeway and composition of traffic, and the additional dangers of stock and wildlife - that add weight to why a 140kph limit is unlikley to find any traction.
At a time when speed is such a significant factor in road crashes, trauma and deaths, it’s hard to see the speed limit rise above 110kph.