Letters to the editor

Slow down

Our neighbours in Victoria have 40kmh speed limits outside all schools – rural and urban – and are looking at reducing the limit to 30kmh. Here in New Zealand the NZTA has announced it will be trialling reduced speeds outside some rural schools, but only one that I am aware of will be lowered to 40kmh.

Why do we need trials when other countries with similar road systems to ours are looking at further reducing their speed limits?

Roads outside New Zealand schools range in speed limits from 20kmh to 100kmh.

The World Health Organisation recommends speeds of 20kmh to 30kmh near children.

The NZTA has admitted that 40kmh is the maximum safe speed near children.

Road works usually are 30kmh.

There is a 20kmh speed limit passing buses loading or unloading. In rural schools with the current speed limits, drivers are unable to slow to the required speed limit, because it is difficult to see the bus parked outside the school until the last minute.

Children behave very unpredictably.

Children's brains are still developing, so they don't react to road situations like adults.

If a child is hit by a car driving at 50kmh, the outcome is likely to be fatal.

An opinion poll run recently in the Press shows more than 80 per cent support for a 40kmh speed limit.

The money saved on these trials can be used towards the introduction of a national school speed limit of 40kmh. We need to stop wasting time, money and possibly lives.



North Canterbury

Budget fails

We needed a budget focused on growth. A budget that created jobs, addressed issues such as child poverty, superannuation, capital gains tax and moving Kiwisaver to a universal system similar to Australia's, to name a few.

We needed a brave budget. One that gave us hope.

What we got was a worse than zero budget. A nothing budget.

Certainly not one for the zero generation. A budget which has the worst growth in 50 years, sees 50,000 people moving to Australia and has 50,000 more people on benefits. It's a budget that picks pennies out of the pockets of children with after-school jobs, raids the piggy banks of the elderly with prescriptions to fill, crushes the dreams of many university hopefuls and attacks those with the least power to defend themselves. Not only is the budget not brave, it is possibly the most cowardly thing I've seen in my life.


Young Labour Marlborough

The Marlborough Express