We refer to Mr Wee Wei Loong’s letter, “Get speed limits right”, (Straits Times, 28 February 2014).
In setting the speed limits of any road
s, we consider the safety of all road users. The speed limit must also cater to all types of vehicles and drivers of all proficiency levels.
We will look at the characteristics of the road, such as its road width, or whether there are bends that may affect motorists’ judgement to stop safely, especially during an emergency. We also look at the profile of road users and land-use along any particular stretch of road. For example, roads that pass through residential estates or front commercial developments and schools, will usually require a lower speed limit as more pedestrians are expected to use these roads.
In the case of Lentor Avenue, we have set the speed limit at 70km/h, which is already higher than most arterial roads. This speed limit takes into consideration segments of the road with bends that limit the line of sight for motorists, as well as pedestrian activities along parts of the road. For their safety as well as the safety of other road users, motorists should observe the speed limit of the road they are travelling on.
We thank Mr Wee for his feedback.
Helen Lim (Ms)
Director, Media Relations
Land Transport Authority