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Speed limit review

As a result of a wide scale community consultation in 2013, to which we received over 3300 submissions, the department identified 100 priority roads for speed limit review across the state. Roads were prioritised based on frequency of public nomination, crash data and local knowledge.

The speed limit reviews on the 100 roads, listed below, have begun. The department and local governments of Queensland are busy collecting data, conducting the reviews and will soon be seeking endorsement of the outcomes from local speed management committees.

All speed limit reviews are being conducted in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

The results are expected to be announced in the second half of 2014 and will be published on this website when available.

Some roads that were frequently nominated for review during the public consultation had already been reviewed recently by the responsible road authority. View summaries of speed limit reviews on these roads.

List of roads for speed limit review

Road Name

Section

Geographic Area

SL Too Low %

SL Too High %

SL Too Many Changes %

Abbott Street

Cairns

Far North Queensland

0.0%

100.0%

50.0%

Aeroglen Drive

Captain Cook Hwy to Cairns Western Arterial Rd. Include with Kamerunga Rd

Far North Queensland

64.3%

7.1%

7.1%

Anzac Avenue

Deception Bay Rd to Elizabeth Ave

Greater Brisbane North

25.0%

25.0%

100.0%

Avalon Road

Rochdale Rd to Mt Cotton Rd. Include Ford Rd

Greater Brisbane South

66.7%

16.7%

0.0%

Beenleigh Redland Bay Road

Pacific Mwy to Mount Cotton Rd

Greater Brisbane South

100.0%

11.1%

22.2%

Bruce Highway

Kolan River to Miriam Vale

Central Queensland

58.3%

16.7%

45.8%

Bruce Highway

Glenlee to The Caves

Central Queensland

64.7%

11.8%

17.6%

Bruce Highway

Gateway Mwy merge to Caboolture

Greater Brisbane North

81.7%

5.6%

25.4%

Bruce Highway

Bloomsbury to Proserpine

Mackay/Whitsunday

100.0%

0.0%

11.1%

Bruce Highway

Caloundra to Sunshine Mwy

Sunshine Coast

84.9%

4.3%

30.1%

Bruce Highway

Curra

Wide Bay/Burnett

72.4%

6.9%

31.0%

Bruce Highway

Tiaro

Wide Bay/Burnett

60.9%

8.7%

43.5%

Burnett Heads Road

Bargara Rd to Mittelheusers Rd (Alias Bundaberg Port Rd)

Wide Bay/Burnett

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Capricorn Highway

Dingo to Emerald (excluding speed limits through towns)

Central Queensland

81.8%

9.1%

9.1%

Capricorn Highway

Alpha to Emerald (excluding speed limits through towns)

Central Queensland

85.7%

0.0%

14.3%

Captain Cook Highway

Machan’s Beach Rd to Poolwood Rd

Far North Queensland

44.4%

22.2%

29.6%

Captain Cook Highway

Wangetti

Far North Queensland

57.7%

26.9%

7.7%

Carnarvon Highway

Surat to St George (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

71.4%

14.3%

0.0%

Compton Road

Beaudesert Rd to Logan Rd

Brisbane

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Cooroy Noosa Road

Sunrise Rd to McPauls Rd

Sunshine Coast

4.0%

80.0%

12.0%

Creek Road

Logan Rd to Old Cleveland Rd

Brisbane

33.3%

0.0%

100.0%

Cunningham Highway

Ipswich Mwy to Willowbank

Brisbane

87.5%

0.0%

7.5%

D'aguilar Highway

Moore to Blackbutt

Scenic Rim

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

El Arish Mission Beach Road

Bruce Hwy to Mission Beach

Far North Queensland

0.0%

75.0%

0.0%

Elliott Heads Road

Innes Park Rd to Elliott Heads

Wide Bay/Burnett

40.0%

60.0%

0.0%

Forest Lake Boulevard

Government Rd to Lochwood Ave

Brisbane

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Francis Road

Bray Park

Greater Brisbane North

30.0%

50.0%

0.0%

Gateway Motorway

Old Cleveland Rd to Nudgee Exit

Brisbane

80.6%

2.9%

28.2%

Gateway Motorway

Old Cleveland Rd to Pacific Mwy merge

Brisbane

82.4%

2.7%

20.3%

Gateway Motorway

Pacific Mwy to Logan Mwy

Brisbane

86.6%

2.7%

19.5%

Gold Coast Highway

Smith St to Hooker Bld

Gold Coast

28.6%

42.9%

28.6%

Gooding Drive

Pacific Mwy to Nerang-Broadbeach Rd

Gold Coast

100.0%

14.3%

28.6%

Goodna Road

Old Greenbank Rd to Logan City Boundary

Greater Brisbane South

100.0%

0.0%

20.0%

Greensward Road

Waterford-Tamborine Rd to Drysdale Ave

Gold Coast

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Gympie Road

Chermside to Carseldine

Brisbane

78.3%

0.0%

30.4%

Gympie Road

Carseldine to Bruce Hwy

Brisbane

79.2%

0.0%

33.3%

Gympie Road

Lutwyche to Chermside

Brisbane

75.9%

3.4%

27.6%

Hawthorne Road

Wynnum Rd to Lytton Rd

Brisbane

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Herston Road

Kelvin Grove Rd to Bowen Bridge Rd

Brisbane

71.4%

14.3%

57.1%

Highleigh Road

Moller St to Crossland Rd. Include Norman St

Far North Queensland

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Ipswich Motorway

Grenard Rd to Warrego Hwy

Brisbane

93.7%

2.1%

12.5%

Ipswich Road

Story Bridge to Ipswich Mwy. Include Main St

Brisbane

80.0%

0.0%

20.0%

Junction Road

Mt Crosby Rd to Arthur Sommerville Rd

Ipswich

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Kennedy Highway

Kuranda to Speewah

Far North Queensland

66.7%

0.0%

33.3%

Kessels Road

Logan Rd to Ipswich Rd. Include Granard Rd & Riawena Rd

Brisbane

68.7%

0.0%

56.2%

Kingston Road

Logan Mwy to Boundary St. Include Logan River Rd & Kingston Rd

Logan

66.7%

16.7%

16.7%

Leichhardt Highway

Gore Hwy to Moonie (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

83.3%

0.0%

16.7%

Leichhardt Highway

Taroom to Miles (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

75.0%

12.5%

0.0%

Logan Motorway

Ipswich Mwy to Pacific Mwy

Greater Brisbane South

90.3%

3.1%

15.4%

Lutwyche Road

Windsor to Lutwyche

Brisbane

78.6%

0.0%

21.4%

Maleny Kenilworth Road

Aherns Rd to Jager Dr (excluding speed limits through Conondale)

Sunshine Coast

0.0%

66.7%

33.3%

Manly Road

Wynnum Rd to Greencamp Rd

Brisbane

85.7%

14.3%

35.7%

Marine Parade

Bayview St to Gold Coast Hwy

Gold Coast

0.0%

76.9%

15.4%

Maroochydore Road

Bruce Hwy to Maroochydore

Sunshine Coast

84.5%

4.1%

33.0%

Maryborough Hervey Bay Road

Booral Rd to Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd

Wide Bay/Burnett

0.0%

73.3%

13.3%

Moonie Highway

Moonie to Dalby (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

88.9%

0.0%

11.1%

Mossman Daintree Road

Rocky Point to Wonga

Far North Queensland

20.0%

46.7%

13.3%

Mount Cotton Road

Old Cleveland Rd to Broadwater Rd

Greater Brisbane South

80.0%

20.0%

20.0%

Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road

Logan Rd to Broadwater Rd

Brisbane

44.4%

0.0%

44.4%

Mount Lindesay Highway

Browns Plains (Logan Mwy) to Park Ridge (Grainger Rd)

Greater Brisbane South

81.2%

9.4%

37.5%

Mount Lindesay Highway

North of Jimboomba to Beaudesert

Greater Brisbane South

60.0%

15.0%

45.0%

Mount Nebo Road

The Gap to Mount Glorious

Greater Brisbane North

50.0%

37.5%

37.5%

Mount Samson Road

Samford Village to Dayboro

Greater Brisbane North

5.3%

84.2%

36.8%

Mudgeeraba Road

Mudgeeraba

Gold Coast

92.8%

2.0%

15.8%

Narangba Road

Anzac Ave to Narangba

Greater Brisbane North

57.1%

14.3%

28.6%

Nathan Street

Townsville Ring Rd to Woolcock St

North Queensland

33.3%

33.3%

0.0%

Ney Road

Redland Bay Rd to Sheldon

Greater Brisbane South

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Nicklin Way

Caloundra to Currimundi

Sunshine Coast

16.7%

50.0%

50.0%

Old Cleveland Road

Jones Rd, Carina to Gateway Mwy

Brisbane

83.6%

3.0%

20.9%

Olsen Avenue

Smith St to Southport-Nerang Rd

Gold Coast

37.5%

0.0%

87.5%

Oxley Drive

Broadwater Ave to Brisbane Rd

Gold Coast

48.1%

22.2%

33.3%

Pacific Motorway

Tarragindi to Gateway Mwy

Brisbane

89.6%

3.0%

18.7%

Pacific Motorway

Riverside Expwy to Tarragindi

Brisbane

89.6%

3.0%

17.9%

Pacific Motorway

Gateway Mwy to Logan Mwy

Logan

90.5%

3.5%

14.5%

Padstow Road

Logan Rd to Mains Rd. Include McCulloch St

Brisbane

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Payne Road

Waterworks Rd to Illowra St

Brisbane

100.0%

0.0%

14.3%

Peak Downs Highway

Bruce Hwy to Walkerston

Mackay/Whitsunday

18.2%

27.3%

72.7%

Pelican Waters Boulevard

Pelican Waters

Sunshine Coast

0.0%

42.9%

14.3%

Pialba Burrum Heads Road

Craignish to Hervey Bay Rd

Wide Bay/Burnett

7.7%

88.5%

7.7%

Pomona Kin Kin Road

Williams Rd - Upper Pinbarrin Rd

Sunshine Coast

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Reedy Creek Road

Gold Coast Hwy to Pacific Mwy. Include West Burleigh Rd

Gold Coast

84.7%

8.4%

22.1%

River Terrace

Main St to Vulture St. Include Leopard St

Brisbane

16.7%

83.3%

0.0%

Ross River Road

Nathan St to Thuringowa Dr

North Queensland

88.9%

11.1%

0.0%

Samford Road

England Rd to Main St

Greater Brisbane North

87.5%

12.5%

6.3%

Scenic Highway

Emu Park to Yeppoon

Central Queensland

71.4%

14.3%

14.3%

Sheridan Street

Cairns

Far North Queensland

65.2%

8.7%

13.0%

Smith Street

Kumbara Ave to Gold Coast Hwy

Gold Coast

100.0%

0.0%

0.0%

Steve Irwin Way

Railway St to Bruce Hwy (Northern section)

Sunshine Coast

57.1%

9.5%

47.6%

Stewart Road

Currumbin Waters

Gold Coast

100.0%

0.0%

81.5%

Tully Mission Beach Road

Bruce Hwy to South Mission Beach Rd

Far North Queensland

37.5%

50.0%

0.0%

Warrego Highway

Kingsthorpe-Haden Rd to Jondaryan (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

73.5%

2.9%

32.4%

Warrego Highway

Macalister to Chinchilla (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

77.5%

7.5%

22.5%

Warrego Highway

Jackson to Roma (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

73.6%

13.2%

20.8%

Warrego Highway

Roma to Morven (excluding speed limits through towns)

Downs South West

78.6%

11.9%

16.7%

Warrego Highway

Gatton to Helidon

Downs South West

82.4%

2.9%

38.2%

Waterworks Road

Enoggera Rd to Settlement Rd

Brisbane

62.5%

12.5%

37.5%

Wellington Street

Shore St West to South St. Include Panorama Drive & Boundary Road

Greater Brisbane South

33.3%

0.0%

66.7%

Wynnum Road

Junction Rd to Manly Rd

Brisbane

58.8%

11.8%

58.8%

Yeppoon Road

Neils Rd to Appleton Dr

Central Queensland

85.7%

14.3%

42.9%

Yorkeys Knob Road

Captain Cook Hwy to Yorkeys Knob include Varley St

Far North Queensland

0.0%

100.0%

0.0%

Frequently raised issues

A number of speed related issues were raised as part of the submission process. Below is some information about the most frequently raised issues to do with the speed limit review project and speed limits in Queensland

Default 50km/h speed limit

In Queensland, the default speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/h unless otherwise signed.  Most built-up areas do not have 50km/h speed limit signs. The reason we do not sign most default speed limits is to avoid the confusion associated with signing some streets and not others as well as the substantial cost associated with signing every street in Queensland.

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

Get more information about default local street speed limits.

Differential speed limits

Differential speed limits are when separate speed limits are set for different lanes along the same section of road.

This idea will be considered, however, there are a number of issues that may make it impractical for use within in Queensland at this time. Research shows the lower the difference in travelling speeds between free flowing vehicles the lesser the chances of conflict on the road.  The introduction of differential speed limits would create a new set of safety issues particularly for vehicles moving between those lanes.

Enforcement issues in your area

Several submissions to the review highlighted speeding and other dangerous driving practices on Queensland roads. The Queensland Police Service (QPS) operates a traffic complaints database that enables informed decisions about enforcement issues to be made. You are encouraged to report any incident of speeding and dangerous driving to your local police station. You can find your local police station online.

Another means of reporting instances of dangerous driving is the telephone hotline 13 HOON (4666). Trained staff are available to answer all calls and record details including vehicle registration, vehicle characteristics and location of the illegal activity.

How are speed limits set in Queensland?

Speed limits in Queensland are set by the responsible road authority; this can be either the Queensland Government or local governments, depending on the road. All speed limits in Queensland are set in accordance with strict guidelines to ensure speed limits are consistent and credible across the state.

Get more information about how speed limits are set.

Increased speed limits

As part of the speed limit review project we are investigating higher speed limits than are currently operating on some roads, but these will only be applied to roads that meet strict design criteria or have had recent road safety upgrades.

Is speeding really that dangerous?

Driving at any speed above the posted speed limit is illegal and dangerous. Speed is a major cause of road crashes. In 2012, 59 people were killed in speed related crashes in Queensland. This represents 21.1% (or over 1 in 5) of the Queensland road toll. In the majority of cases the people killed are the speeding drivers themselves, however passengers and other innocent road users are often casualties as well.

Research by the University of Adelaide's Centre for Automotive Safety Research has found that speeding is as dangerous as driving with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit. On urban roads, the research demonstrated that the relative risk of crash involvement on a road with a speed limit of 60km/h approximately doubled for each 5km/h increase in speed above 60km/h.

Get more information about the dangers of speeding.

Overtaking

Under the Queensland Road Rules it is an offence to drive in the right-hand lane of a multi-lane road where the speed limit is over 80km/h or where there is a ‘Keep Left Unless Overtaking’ sign, except in certain circumstances. These circumstances include where the driver is overtaking, turning right, making a u-turn, avoiding an obstacle or driving in congested traffic. 

This rule is enforced by the QPS and the traffic infringement penalty is $66 and 2 demerit points. The maximum applicable penalty for this offence is $2,200.

For more information about safe overtaking please see our road rules fefresher pages on keeping left and overtaking.

Road works

Reduced speed limits at road works sites are for the safety of both road users and those working on-site. The speed limit review will not consider changes to speed limits at road work sites.

School zones

The issue of speeding though school zones is a key priority for the Queensland Government. We have recently introduced new initiatives to improve road safety at all Queensland schools.  School zone operating times have been standardised across the State and road authorities are required to install enhanced flashing school zone signs at all multi-lane schools zones and split campus schools. 

As part of a $10 million commitment to improve safety around school zones the Queensland Government will install enhanced flashing school zone signs at approximately 330 risk assessed school zones, covering 300 schools over the next 4 years.

Get more information on school road safety.

Speeding infringement notices

Enquiries relating to a traffic infringement notice issued by a police officer should be directed to the Officer in Charge of the station in the area where the alleged offence occurred.

Enquiries relating to a Camera Detected Offence notice should be directed to:

Traffic Camera Office
Queensland Police Service
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane, Qld 4001

Phone:
 1300 360 610

Travel speed and fatigue

Driving faster to combat fatigue is a very risky and dangerous behaviour. While driving faster creates a short term perception of a ‘new’ sensation due to increased adrenaline levels, fatigue quickly leads to a decline in driving performance. This results in slower reaction time, diminished steering performance, a lesser ability to maintain distance to the car in front, and an increased tendency to mentally withdraw from the driving task.

Crash data and observations of driving performance show strategies such as driving faster are not sufficient to remove the excess risk. The only cure for fatigue is rest. Combining excessive speed with fatigued driving (slow reaction times) is a dangerous mixture.

Visit our Driver Reviver page for information about Queensland’s driver reviver program.

Last updated
31 March 2014