WSP experts' thoughts on NZ's Safe Speed Programme

This month new speed limits for over 600 roads will come into force in Auckland and most central city speed limits will reduce from 50 to 30km/h in Wellington.  While improving safety outcomes is the key priority, speed reductions will deliver additional benefits for road-users and pedestrians. 

A GERMAN STUDY FOUND THAT SMOOTH TRAFFIC REDUCES 

Gear Changing by
12 % 12 %
Fuel use by 
12 % 12 %
Brake use by
14 % 14 %
IDLE TIME BY
15 % 15 %
Newman & Kenworthy, 1992