Speed limits
  • Last updated:
  • 08 Jan 2020

Council follows guidelines for assessing and changing speed limits on council-owned roads.

In Queensland, speed limits are set under Part 4 of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  This makes speed limits even throughout the state. Council determines speed limits on roads under its control in line with the MUTCD guidelines.

The guidelines identify appropriate speed limits for particular roads. This includes:

  • assessing the local road environment, pavement, shoulder and lane width
  • road alignment
  • traffic volume
  • prevailing speeds.

Data is also collected on the following:

  • number of intersections
  • number of property entries
  • on-road parking
  • types of roadside activities
  • pedestrian use
  • number of traffic signals and any other relevant information.

The speed limit review process

The process council uses to carry out a speed limit review includes:

  • an inspection of the road by a traffic officer
  • carrying out a traffic count
  • producing a report on the history of vehicle crashes on the road
  • conducting a full speed review in accordance with Part 4 of the MUTCD
  • tabling the speed review report at the next Speed Management Committee meeting
  • the committee’s decision is then carried out.

This process takes an average of six months to complete.

Default speed limits

Since 1 February 2003, the default speed limit in a built-up area in Queensland is 50km per hour.

The default speed limit for rural areas is 100km per hour.

These speed limits are generally not signposted.

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