The arbitrary speed limit reductions that this government has tried to impose on councils are being pushed in turn by nefarious Globalists, who must be resisted.

from Simeon Brown MP

Christopher Luxon and I have announced National’s plan to accelerate New Zealand. 

Under the guise of safety, Labour has exposed its anti-car ideology by cutting speeds on many highways from 100 km/h to 80km/h and cutting local roads from 50km/h to 30/kmh.

National will repeal and replace these rules.

National will:

  • Return many state highways to 100 km/h from 80, and many local roads to 50 km/h from 30 — where it is safe to do so
  • Ensure new highways are 110 km/h — especially Transmission Gully and the Kapiti Expressway
  • Require contractors to minimise the use of temporary speed limit reductions at road maintenance sites at times when workers are off-site and risks to motorists are mitigated
  • Require reduced variable speed limits around schools during pick up and drop off times.

All around the country, Labour has cut speeds on many highways from 100 km/h to 80 by ignoring economic impacts including travel times, and by giving insufficient weight to road users’ and local communities’ views. 

We will make changes that ensure economic impacts – including travel times – and the views of road users and local communities count, alongside ensuring safety.  

We will also encourage Police to increase the use of breath testing and we will fix roadside drug testing legislation so Police can effectively test drivers for drugs.

Read our full plan here.