22 May 2012

Lower speed limits at some rural schools

6:30 am on 22 May 2012

Rural women are hoping that moves to reduce the speed limit around some country schools will become law.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is to hold a trial at five rural schools in the North Island, to test the effectiveness of lower speed limits as the school day starts and finishes.

Flashing lights will signal the reduced speed limits, which will range from 40 - 80km per hour.

The agency says the risk of a serious crash is increased during pick up and drop off times because of the build up of turning traffic on often high-speed roads.

Rural Women New Zealand called for a trial last year.

President Liz Evans says while the best result would be a much reduced speed limit around all rural schools, it won't be a case of one speed fits all because schools are any sort of road - state highway to country road.

The trial begins next month and will run for two years.