Ellis introduces legislation to tighten speed limit laws

08 Sep 2021 media release

Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP has today introduced a Private Members’ Bill into Parliament to see higher penalties imposed on companies which leave unnecessary speed limit signs out around road works.

“If passed, this Bill will ensure speed limit signs are removed from a road work site at the end of each working day, provided there are no lingering safety concerns,” Mr Ellis said.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have over $200 million being invested into improving roads around the electorate.

“With this investment comes road works, and therefore adjusted speed limits.

“I have received significant feedback from the electorate that often those speed limit signs are left out when there is no need for them, causing traffic disruptions.

“Such delays have a significant impact upon crucial freight transport, leading to a loss in production efficiency.

“Disruptions also impact our tourism industry, as it makes it more challenging for people to travel around our great state, and therefore into our electorate.

“I completely understand these frustrations, and that is why I have introduced this legislation which creates higher penalties for those responsible for such signage.

“There have been attempts to address this problem, but none have gone far enough – this Bill does.

“We need to keep South Australia moving, and I felt compelled to introduce this legislation which will help us do that.”