More rural schools in line for trial
Rural Women New Zealand has cause to celebrate ‘‘back to school’’ this year as two rural safety initiatives it has been promoting get the green light.
‘‘We have been advocating for safer speeds around rural schools for several years and are thrilled that variable speed limits are to be extended . . . after the success of a trial at seven rural schools in 2012, said Rural Women national president Liz Evans.
The New Zealand Transport Agency said the trial resulted in improved driver behaviour and reduced speeds around the schools that took part and the trial will be extended to 23 sites by the end of 2013.
The variable speed limit is set at 70kmh past schools in 100kmh zones, and 60kmh for schools in 80kmh areas.
Amisfield School in Tokoroa will be in the trial.