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Speed limit test

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, July 05, 2014

Land Transport Authority, police and Fiji Roads Authority are conducting a trial test on a proposed new national speed limit on some roads with a 50km per hour maximum speed limit.

The proposal is expected to increase the speed limit of motorists from 50km per hour to 60km per hour on such roads.

LTA spokesman Iliesa Sokia yesterday said a framework was drawn up and part of it was to test the proposed limit after almost a year of planning and consultation with stakeholders and overseas experts.

"The test will be completed in December and once this is done, a report will be compiled and submitted to the government for final endorsement," he said.

"Earlier last year, the government through a cabinet decision, endorsed the speed limit review work to be conducted following a submission from the Ministry of Works Transport and Public Utilities.

"Part of the review resulted in a speed consultation team from Singapore conducting a week-long workshop for local stakeholders such as LTA, police, FRA and officials from the ministry.

"The test is being conducted on some roads in the Central Division that require drivers to drive at a speed limit of 50km per hour."

Roads identified for the test include Kings Rd commencing from the Mead Rd roundabout to the Wainibuku Bridge, the Fiji National University to the Rewa Bridge, Rifle Range Rd to the Mead Rd roundabout beside Nivis Motors complex and Ratu Mara Rd at Centre Point to the Laqere market junction.

"For the purpose of speed enforcement during this trial period, only vehicles that travel over the national speed limit of 80 km per hour will be booked and fined accordingly.

"This is effective only on the road areas under the speed trials."

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