Drivers confused about speed limit along Scott Parade

Driver Jason Tree plans to challenge his Scott Parade speeding ticket in court due to confusing signage. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Driver Jason Tree plans to challenge his Scott Parade speeding ticket in court due to confusing signage. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

CONFUSION over the speed limit on Scott Parade has led to a push to improve signage in the area.

While parts of the road are clearly marked as 60km/h, other parts to the east of Stawell Street are 50km/h and not so clearly marked.

Ballarat resident Jason Tree was recently booked while driving on the road and plans to challenge the ticket in court.

The Courier has received multiple calls about the road, with many residents in similar situations to Mr Tree.

Mr Tree said he didn’t understand why the speed limit changed along the road and why it was considered different to Humffray Street, which runs almost parallel to the parade.

City of Ballarat City infrastructure general manager Eric Braslis said the Scott Parade section to the west of Stawell Street was designated as a link road, resulting in the higher speed limit.

A 50km/h speed limit sign is located at the intersection, however there is only one and it is placed on the opposite side of the road to travelling traffic.

Mr Tree said the reason for the 50km/h section in the next portion of the road was due to the built-up nature of houses in the area.

“Is that more or less built-up than the road that more or less runs parallel (Humffray Street), that is well signed as 60?” he said.

“No, it is less built-up.”

Mr Tree said he wanted to raise awareness of the lack of signage in the hopes that the council may attempt to address the situation.

“Hopefully there is going to be better signage and police will liaise with council where, if there are these spots where there is not great signage, they are catching lots of people between 10 and 15 km/h over the limit because they think they are doing the right speed,” he said.

“Surely they should be saying to the council that this part of town is not well signed.”

Mr Tree has sent letters to the City of Ballarat regarding the issue. He has also set up a petition which can be signed at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/935/743/401/

matthew.dixon@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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