Earlier this year the Kettering Community Association(Inc) sought to have the speed limit on the Channel Highway through Kettering reduced from 60 km/h to 50 km/h. A major reason for proposing this change was the lack of safe pedestrian access along the highway.
The Road and Traffic Division of the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources assessed the request but declared that a reduction was not warranted. They stated in a letter to KCA that:
The current 60 km/h speed limit has been set to reflect the level of roadside activity and manage the risk of conflict between those travelling along the Channel Highway and those entering or exiting. Experience has shown that speed limits that do not match the roadside environment are often seen by drivers as abitrary and attract a poor level of compliance. Subsequently, it is considered appropriate to maintain the current speed limit arrangements.
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