New speed zone set for Sydney CBD

Fleet drivers are reminded this week of a new speed zone set to be introduced in Sydney' CBD.

From this Saturday (September 27), there will be a 40km/h limit encompassing a section of the city. The zone will include Castlereagh Street to the east, Kent Street to the west and Hay Street to the south. To the north, the area will connect to the existing 40 km/h zone in The Rocks.

At least 12 other suburbs around inner Sydney have similar measures in place and are designed to increase the safety of both pedestrians and drivers. Although the new CBD zone will cover a small area, it will include the largest number of drivers and pedestrians.

The decision to change the speed limit was made after extensive reviews by the Centre for Road Safety in consultation with both Roads and Maritime Services and the City of Sydney Council.

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay explained the importance of establishing the zone before the warmer summer months when the city centre roads become busier with traffic.

"At the time we expected to have the change introduced by the busy Christmas period and I'm pleased we're ahead of schedule to get motorists ready well ahead of the peak shopping time when there are more people and families about," he said.

Mr Gay also highlighted the difference between a collision at 40km/h compared to 50km/h. A pedestrian hit at the higher speed is twice as likely to be killed.

Fleet managers can help drivers who are constantly operating in the CBD by installing fleet management software. It can track where all the vehicles are online so the business can operate at 100 per cent no matter the traffic.