26 September 2023

Speed and parking rules recover from lockdown

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Parking enforcement activities and mobile speed vans are back in business across the Territory as Canberra emerges from the lockdown.

Announced by Minister for Transport and City Services, Chris Steel, the return of enforcement activities aims to support community safety as traffic increases.

Mr Steel said mobile speed vans returned to residential areas on Monday (18 October).

“This will support road safety, especially in higher risk zones such as near schools,” Mr Steel said.

“During lockdown, mobile speed detection vans primarily monitored main arterial roads, given many essential workers were still travelling to and from work each day,” he said.

“With this change, the community can expect to see mobile speed vans more often, as well as police regularly patrolling school zones to enforce safe driving behaviours.”

Mr Steel said the temporary pause on paid parking in Government-owned car parks, which was put in place during lockdown to support essential workers, would be rolled back.

“With the return of business and other activities, paid parking and parking enforcement will return on 1 November 2021,” he said.

“This means Canberrans must pay for parking in all Government-owned car parks and adhere to all parking restrictions from this date.”

Assistant Commissioner and Acting Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Peter Crozier said ACT Policing would continue to conduct COVID-19 compliance checks throughout Canberra but, as traffic volumes increased, so too would officers’ focus on road safety activities.

“Already this year, nine people have died on the ACT’s roads and many more people have been injured,” Assistant Commissioner Crozier said.

“This means dozens of families grieving, or coping with major changes to their lives,” he said.

“Speeding is the most common poor driver behaviour and it is completely avoidable.”

Assistant Commissioner Crozier urged everyone to observe the speed limits and to drive to the conditions.

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