Potential liability for Main Roads if speed capped

CITY of Stirling officers identified a possible liability issue in imposing a speed limit on shared paths in its Integrated Cycling Strategy.

The report said Main Roads would be held liable for an accident if it did not adequately signpost a path the City had identified as needing a capped speed limit.

�Advice provided also concluded that, in the event that the City identified a need for speed signage, communicated that to MRWA, and that action was denied, then: �Because the Commissioner of Main Roads, in the absence of relevant authorisation, has the exclusive power to erect speed signs on a shared path on a road reserve, the Commissioner would be liable for the consequences resulting from any failure to exercise that function lawfully and properly�,� the report said.

A spokeswoman from the Office of Road Safety said discussions with cycling groups were ongoing, including a workshop in March this year.

�The issue of cyclists on footpaths was raised at this event, where a number of key cycling groups were present to discuss initiatives designed to reduce cyclist death and serious injury in WA,� she said.