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N.T to trial roads without speed limits

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Sir Ride Alot, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Northern Territory to trial roads without speed limits

    Motor News Date October 15, 2013
    David McCowen

    One-year trial for 200 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway.

    Outback speed limits will be abolished on a 200 kilometre stretch of the Stuart Highway as part of a 12 month trial that starts in February 2014.

    Northern Territory transport minister Peter Styles says the outback drive between Alice Springs and Barrow Creek was an ideal place for the trial.

    “The Territory has a unique road network with a low traffic volume and this section of road has been identified as an appropriate trial section,” he says. “In the ten years between 2001-2011 there wasn’t any speed related fatalities on this stretch of road.”

    The current maximum speed limit throughout the Northern Territory is 130km/h.

    Mr Styles says the limitless road was not an invitation for people to drive recklessly.

    “We are bringing responsibility back to motorists – they need to be able to drive to the road conditions and their capabilities,” he says. “Be warned, police will continue to prosecute those who drive in a dangerous manner, and will be increasing enforcement of the non-wearing of seatbelts and drink driving which remain the major causes of fatalities and serious injuries on Territory roads.”

    Learner and provisional drivers will have to adhere to limits placed on their licences, and heavy vehicles will continue to face restrictions.

    The Country Liberal Party currently holds power in the Territory, and it has moved to overturn blanket speed limits introduced by previous Labor leadership.

    NT Chief Minister Adam Giles told Fairfax Mediain May that reviews of speed limits will be evidence-based.

    Mr Styles says authorities will study the outcomes of the 12-month trial that starts on February 1, 2014.

    Ray Wyatt, branch secretary for the Transport Workers’ Union in South Australia and the Northern Territory, did not welcome news of the trial.

    “Life is more valuable than people going quicker from A to B,” he says. “The faster you go, the more damage will occur in an accident. It raises the risk.”

    Andrew McKellar, executive director of the Australian Automobile Association, told the ABC that the move was a step backward.

    "Increasing the speed limits will increase the risk and more people will die as a result," he says.

    "It's gambling with people's lives... it is absolutely inevitable that people will die as a result."

    Open speed limits were abolished by the former Territory Labor Government in 2006 and replaced by a maximum limit of 130km/h. From that time until 2012, more people died on Northern Territory roads (307) than in the six years before the change (292).

    The Territory isn't alone in considering raising speed limits - nearly 2000 Queenslanders petitioned their state government for increased maximum limits earlier this year.

    Poll: Should the Northern Territory have open speed limits?

    Total votes: 6093.

  2. Orrite, who's keen for a cannonball run?
  3. great news.
    if i was riding the outback i wouldn't be going 130 i can tell you , not on a bike that cruises at 200

    instead of busting people for speeding 10kph over the limit;

    "Be warned, police will continue to prosecute those who drive in a dangerous manner, and will be increasing enforcement of the non-wearing of seatbelts and drink driving which remain the major causes of fatalities and serious injuries on Territory roads"

    amen, finally some sense
  4. Don't worry, it's a "government". They'll get over any case of "sense" that they might temporarily come down with like most people get over a cold.
  5. its a 12 month trial on a stretch of the Stuart Highway between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs.

    We'll see how it pans out after the trial period. hope it stays an open speed limit.

  6. The thing about NT driving is wild life. If your on the road before dark you are way safer traveling quickly and getting where you need to go before twilight.
  7. Only covers a 200km stretch, main problem now is not the speed limits but the condition of the roads here, they have been deteriorating badly and there is and has been no funding for maintenance let alone upgrading!

  8. So we can easily cover that in ~55mins while having a chat to the missus on the helmet comms........
  9. Yeah easily but that stretch of road (Barrow Creek) is infamous for another reason and I for one will always travel through it as fast as I possibly can! Definitely not a stretch of road to stop on lol
  10. Road warriors?
  11. That's the stretch where a very famous murder occurred.

  12. Ah - Falconio
  13. Yep that's the one, happened about half way along the stretch they are going to derestrict, it's a long stretch of nothingness really, boring as hell.
  14. I don't understand why they need to trial it again as they are only returning to what they had a few years ago. Obviously the restriction was only a trial which didn't work.