On March 1st our state will introduce 50kph speed limits for all suburban roads and the CBD. Main arterial roads will still be 60kph but all other roads will have a default speed of 50.
The advertising campaign informs people that if they are unsure of the speed limit then assume it is 50, that is the default speed now. There is a 3 month introduction period where police will be issuing warnings only, unless you are over the old 60 limit.
As a cyclist I am glad that this is happening and will be keeping an interest in how it will be policed.
As a driver (don't drive much), I am concerned that most cars are not designed to drive so slow in fourth gear. Most cars will have to be in third gear which creates more pollution, and is generally bad for the gearbox.
In a sports car the driver could be in second gear, not a great idea either. Unfortunately many councils are still going to keep their 40kph zones with speed humps even after the 50kph zone has been introduced. So we will have 40, 50 and 60 zones dependig on which street you turn into. Very confusing and a messy with speed signs all over the place.
Should be interesting!