Standards Australia tech to enhance speed limit compliance


Tuesday, 27 October, 2020

Standards Australia tech to enhance speed limit compliance

It is estimated that speed is one of the leading contributors to road accidents in Australia. With COVID-19 restrictions lifting and individuals eager to start travel again, speed limit signage is part of the broader aim to keep motorists safe. The recently published AS 5156:2020 Electronic speed limit signs outlines requirements for the design, construction and performance of electronic speed signs, including the use of LEDs when changing the speed remotely.

Roland Terry-Lloyd, Head of Standards Development at Standards Australia, said the organisation’s priority is protecting the Australian community through the use of standards. He added that this standard is key to informing motorists of the speed limit; the flashing red ring of LEDs warns motorists that the speed limit is different from normal. Terry-Lloyd said being able to remotely change the limit means the signs can be easily adjusted if there is an accident or extreme weather.

“With speed being such a high contributor to accidents, it is important electronic speed limit signs consistently perform and can be adjusted depending on the road conditions. As individuals and families get back in their cars and increase their travels in the busy period of the year, we hope this standard supports the ongoing effort to keep roads across the nation safe,” Terry-Lloyd said.

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