Government to put warning signs before all speed cameras

The Government has revealed a raft of plans to improve road safety throughout New Zealand, including a warning sign before all speed cameras.

Each of the 48 fixed speed cameras through New Zealand will be signposted as part of the new safety measures.

AA regulations principal advisor Mark Stockdale said it's more important the cameras make drivers slow down rather than raking in fines.

"If people don't know a speed camera is there, then they don't get the opportunity to check their speed and slow down if necessary. If it issues a ticket, then it's not doing its job," he said.

In 2018, the top 20-earning cameras collected $44 million in fines.

The range of new road safety measures will also include new speed limits outside schools to make it safer for children to walk or bike.

The maximum limit outside schools in urban areas will be 40 km/h, and outside rural schools, it will be 60 km/h.

Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter said they want to make sure entrances to schools are safe when parents are dropping children off.

Individual councils including Auckland, Christchurch and Horowhenua have already implemented a 40 km/h limit during school pick-ups and drop-offs, but a principal from a school in Mount Albert, Auckland said not every motorist complies.

"The 40-kilometre signs we've had for a long time now help to a degree, but we know we don't get 100 percent improvement with that," Owairaka School principal Sheryl Fletcher said.

Some of the changes will start to come in from next year, but it could take up to a decade to fully implement nationwide.

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