New permanent speed limits will be implemented on 18 February 2022
No crash resulting in death or serious injury is acceptable, so it’s important we take every opportunity to address the risk.
Between 2010 and 2019, 16 people were killed and 75 were seriously injured in crashes on SH5 between Taupō and Napier. In total, crashes on this route have led to 250 injuries in this timeframe.
Since December 2019, nine further lives have been lost in six fatal crashes. All but one of these occurred between Rangitaiki and Esk Valley.
The increase in traffic and subsequent crashes, along with the winding nature of the road, means 80km/h is the safest and most appropriate speed for this stretch of road. This is in line with the speeds people currently travel along the road.
Consultation for the SH5 speed limit review was combined with the consultation of the State Highway 51 (SH51) speed review.
Around 2000 submissions were received from stakeholder organisations and the public relating to SH5 and nearly 200 pieces of feedback applied to both SH5 and SH51.
Waka Kotahi also sought public feedback on the existing speed limits on the other sections of SH5 – from Taupō to Rangitaiki and through Eskdale.
A review of the feedback received on these sections is underway and will determine whether Waka Kotahi progresses to consultation on new speed limits.
More information and FAQs on the permanent speed limits and our consultation summary, including the submissions can be found here.