Drivers fed up with negotiating their way through seemingly never-ending roadworks during a tedious commute are set for a reprieve under a new rule being introduced on Victorian roads.
Following his successful election campaign last month, Victoria’s State Premier Daniel Andrews said roadwork operators will be penalised for failing to adjust speed limits at construction sites when work is done for the day.
So if a road that is normally 100km/h is reduced down to 60km/h and the adjusted speed signs are not removed at the end of the day, those responsible face a hefty fine.
“I know how frustrating it is to slow right down for roadworks only to drive past an empty work site. So we’re making a new rule,” the Premier posted.
“When tools go down, speeds come back up – when it’s safe to do so.
“It’ll be safer for workers, too. No more chancing it because a site ‘looks quiet’.
“And we’ll write it in to every contract, with penalties to make sure it happens.
“We’re upgrading road and rail across the state, so there will be disruption – I won’t pretend otherwise. But hopefully this will help a little bit.”
Earlier this week motorists in Canberra expressed their confusion over a roadside construction site which displayed three different speed limits in a 100 metre stretch of road.
The image caused a stir on social media, with users at odds as to what speed limit they should be travelling at.
While the premier’s promise to fix Melbourne’s roads was well received by the public, he is aware it won’t be an overnight fix given the city’s traffic was this week rated worse than New York and Rome.
The first-ever Urban Mobility Index ranked the Victorian capital 25th for traffic flow among a list of 38 major cities, showing that motorists are delayed on average by more than 30 minutes for every 100km they travel.
There’s expectation the new laws will be introduced when the new Victorian Parliament sits in February next year.