Confusion around bus signs
Some of the information given to our Waitaki reporter for the story School Bus Speed Limit May Be Costly which appeared in the July 24 edition of the Waitaki Herald was not correct according to New Zealand Transport Agency regional communication advisor, Bob Nettleton.
The Waitaki Herald extends its apologies for any confusion related to this story. The following is Mr Nettleton’s clarification.
‘‘ Twenty km/ h signs on school buses have never been authorised, except for a pilot trial in 2011 and the current, extended trial currently underway in Ashburton. In this trial 20 km/ h, regulatory, speed limit signs are displayed on both the front and rear of the buses to remind drivers that the speed limit applies in both directions. As an aside, the signs shown in the article are not speed limit signs. If 95 per cent of drivers don’t slow down, it is evident that the meaning of those signs is not clear.
‘‘ Unless they are part of the approved trial (which Ritchies buses are not), drivers are not permitted to put any traffic signs up, except school bus signs. The signs used for the 20 km/h school bus signs trial are electronic and are automatically switched on when the bus has stopped and the doors are opened. That is when the 20 km/h speed limit applies and the appropriate time to advise drivers of the limit.’’