Con­fu­sion around bus signs

Waitaki Herald - - NEWS -

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.’’

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