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No amnesty period for Shepparton motorists

Motorists have been told it is their responsibility to know the speed limit they are driving in despite a number of changes on Shepparton roads in the past fortnight.

RIAHN SMITH April 1, 2014 4:09am

The speed limit along Shepparton's Wyndham St, south of Wilmot Rd, has changed from 70km/h to 60km/h.


Motorists are being urged to follow new speeds limits on Greater Shepparton roads to avoid hefty fines.

 

Speed limits have been standardised across the region during the past fortnight as part of a VicRoads plan to simplify the system across Victoria.

Among the roads affected are the Shepparton Alternative Route, Midland Hwy, Katamatite-Shepparton Rd and Goulburn Valley Hwy.

In a statement issued to The News, VicRoads north-eastern regional director Bryan Sherritt said more than 230 ‘‘new limit’’ signs had been installed in the Shepparton area to notify motorists of the changes.

Mr Sherritt said the signs were placed in each direction at the start of each changed speed zone.

But Shepparton residents have raised concerns with The News about the risk of fines for drivers entering roads within the changed area — in particular, the stretch of Goulburn Valley Hwy north of Raftery Rd.

While ‘‘new limit’’ signs are in place at Raftery Rd advising traffic the speed limit has been reduced from the longstanding 70km/h to 60km/h, there is no indication of the change for drivers entering the highway at any road north of that intersection.

Mr Sherritt did not respond directly to these concerns, instead reminding motorists entering on to an arterial road it was their responsibility to be aware of the speed limit in that area.

Yesterday, Victoria Police Goulburn Valley Traffic Adviser Senior Sergeant Ralph Willingham said while there would be no official amnesty period while drivers adapted to the changes, officers would have the discretion to be lenient where appropriate.

‘‘Drivers entering these changed speed limit areas will need to be particularly aware, whilst there will not be a sign facing them when they enter, the onus is on them to check speed signs and abide by them,’’ Sen Sgt Willingham said.

‘‘However, if they can show that the speed limit has recently changed, that they had no knowledge of it and hadn’t passed a new limit sign after entering on to that stretch of highway, then there may be grounds for leniency.

‘‘If they’re more than 10km/h over the new limit, they’re probably not going to get a very sympathetic ear.’’

 

For information about changes to speed limits, visit www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

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