[talk-au] Residential Roads

John Henderson snowgum at gmx.com
Sat Dec 10 23:44:41 GMT 2011

On 11/12/11 08:35, Sam Couter wrote:

> In the ACT 50km/h is the default if there are no signs.

I know that's what the road signs say as you enter the ACT.  It's also
repeated on official ACT government web sites.

But it's an over-simplification.

The ACT version of the Australian Road Rules tells the real story.  The
default 50 km/h limit applies only in built-up areas.  The default speed
limit elsewhere in the ACT is 100 km/h.

A built-up area is defined as:

"built-up area, in relation to a length of road, means an area in which
either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500 metres
or, if the length of road is shorter than 500 metres, for the whole road:

"(a) buildings, not over 100 metres apart, on land next to the

"(b) street lights not over 100 metres apart."

rule 25 and dictionary of terms.


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