Bylaw change aims to curb speedsters
As a means of curbing speeding drivers on Mossop Rd South Waikato District Council is working to change the speed limits.
South Waikato District Council last week resolved to amend the Speed Limit Bylaw 2008.
The changes would provide for a 60kmh speed limit for 450m from State Highway 1, an 80kmh limit from 450m to 1700m, and 100kmh thereafter.
Extending the 60kmh out further ‘‘will stop hoons’’, assets group manager Roger Fisher said.
He said the present limits were 50kmh at the intersection from the highway for a distance of 200m, then 70kmh out to the corner of the road.
The council’s decision will go to the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Mr Fisher said staff would need to inform the property owners who made submissions on last year’s annual plan of the suggested changes made by the agency and the council, explaining the reasons for the changes and the process.
‘‘If the council receives further submissions opposing the proposal, it will go to the council for consideration,’’ he said.
‘‘If no further submissions are received, the change will be made to the Speed Limits Bylaw schedule amended.’’
The move is being supported by Bishop Edward Gaines Catholic School, the only school on that stretch of road.
Principal Helen Mcguigan said: ‘‘Absolutely (we support the idea) because it is quite tricky for us, being on the other side of the motorway also.
‘‘We absolutely support it, just for the children’s safety.’’
She said it could be treacherous crossing from one side to the other, because some motorists hurtled down the road.
‘‘We would like to see it down to 50kmh just for the children’s safety.’’