Public to get say on school speed limit

Hunterville School pupils are a step closer to their wish for a lower speed limit past their front gate, despite an independent report questioning its need.

Rangitikei District Council has voted to consult the public on a proposal to introduce a variable speed zone outside the school.

This would mean the installation of electronic signs lowering the speed limit to 40kmh immediately before and after school.

The move follows a deputation to the council last year by several pupils calling for a speed limit reduction to make their school safer.

The pupils told councillors they had studied the amount of traffic on the road, circulated a petition and surveyed parents.

Discussions between council staff and the school following that presentation had included a promise from the school's board of trustees that it would pay for any signage required by a speed limit change.

Council chief executive Ross McNeil said an investigation by consultants GHD, at council's request, found there was not a need to reduce speeds in the area.

The report found there was a "very low crash rate" outside the school. "None of the crashes reported since 1993 have involved schoolchildren or vehicles dropping off or picking up children in front of the school."

Vehicles passing the school in the 30 minutes before and after school were already driving at less than 40kmh, it said.

Central District Times