Speed campaign gathers support

Mr Giamov said the City had considered lowering the speed limit on Beaufort Street from 60km/h to 50km/h but had not investigated lowering of speed limits on local roads to 40km/h.

He said Main Roads WA (MRWA) rejected its requests in 2004 and 2009 to lower the speed on Beaufort Street to 50km/h.

�However, following the recent road upgrade works along Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley and the formalisation of on-street parking in Inglewood, the City will continue to monitor the traffic conditions on this road with a view of requesting MRWA to reduce the speed limit to 50km/h,� he said.

�The lowering of speed limits on local roads to 40km/h could be supported in principle by the City but consideration would need to be given to the potential impacts on queues and delays. Lowering of speed limits would also need to take into account whether there would be a high level of voluntary compliance.

�There would be little value in lowering the speed limit to a level where the significant majority of motorists did not comply.�

Vincent Mayor John Carey said he would write to the City of Stirling to request its support for his campaign to reduce speeds limits on all Vincent roads to 40km/h.

Mr Carey said he and Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who is seeking a reduction in local speed limits to 30km/h in his town centre, would also work together to lobby Main Roads for the changes.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said the determination of speed limits took into account the function of the road, adjacent roadside development, number of cross-overs, number of side streets and actual operating speed of traffic.

�Main Roads receives requests directly from the public, from other organisations such as local governments and from elected members,� she said.

�Main Roads investigates the requests and if the request is successful, organises the statutory approvals and installation of the appropriate speed zone signage.�

n Despite the City of Vincent requesting the speed limit on Bulwer and Oxford streets be reduced to 40km/h, the Main Roads WA spokeswoman said the current speed of 60km/h on Bulwer Street was appropriate.

�The Mayor of Vincent has written to Main Roads recently seeking a further reduction of speed limit on both Bulwer Sreet and Oxford Street,� she said.

�This is currently being evaluated. The Commissioner and managing director of Main Roads are available to meet and discuss speed zoning issues within the City of Vincent should he wish.��������