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Speed limits

How are speed limits set?

Speed limits in Queensland are set with strict speed limit guidelines. This ensures speed limits are consistent and credible. A number of factors are considered when determining suitable speed limits for roads:

  • the number and configuration of traffic lanes
  • housing density and type of development
  • the amount of on-road parking
  • access to property arrangements
  • traffic signals
  • accident patterns that have occurred.

A speed limit may be changed, and lowered, on a dangerous section of road if it is believed it will help reduce the number of crashes in the area. Speed limits are set by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and local governments for the roads under their control.

As drivers, riders, pedestrians and cyclists we all have the right to use the roads but in doing so must comply with posted speed limits at all times.

What is a local street/built-up area?

A local street has access to private property and/or limited neighbourhood movement. Some industrial and commercial areas also have local streets.

Roads that carry traffic through suburbs and across towns are called traffic carrying roads and have a speed limit of 60km/h or higher. The speed limit on these streets will be clearly signed.

50km/h local street speed limit

An image of a speedo from the 50 km/h campaign.

The default speed limit in built-up areas in Queensland is 50km/h unless signed otherwise.

The 50km/h local street speed limit is enforced by the Queensland Police Service using speed detection devices.

Last updated
07 May 2015

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