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Speed limits

The speed limit indicates the maximum legal speed

Speed is one of the biggest killers on Victorian roads with around one third of all casualties involving excessive speed.

To help reduce road incidents, VicRoads considers a range of things when setting speed limits:

  • pedestrian activity
  • proximity to schools
  • road quality
  • traffic volume
  • road engineering.

Motorists should always consider road conditions and alter their driving speed accordingly. The speed limit indicates the maximum legal speed, but by reducing speed, drivers can help decrease the number of collisions on Victoria’s roads.

Low-level speeding

Low-level speeding is the most common form of speeding, and refers to motorists travelling just a few kilometres per hour over the legal limit. Even though high-level speeding is much more dangerous, low-level speeding accounts for the majority of speed-related trauma.

Research shows that even a small reduction in speed can make a big difference in an accident.

A person hit by a car travelling at 30 km/h will be severely injured and have a 10 per cent likelihood of death. If the speed increases to 55km/h, the likelihood of death is about 85 per cent; at 60km/h the person is unlikely to survive.

Know your limits

To help avoid an accident or a speeding fine, get to know the speed limits and drive to road conditions.

40 Km Speed Sign  
  • 40 km/h zones apply in areas with high levels of pedestrian activity, such as shopping centres
  • On some roads outside schools, permanent 40 km/h speed limits are in place
  • Time-based speed limits outside schools apply from 8am to 9.30am and 2.30pm to 4pm on school days
50Km Speed Sign
  • In built-up areas, the default speed limit is 50 km/h
  • Speed signs are not displayed on all roads in built-up areas. In these cases, the default speed limit is always in effect
70Km Speed Sign

80Km Speed Sign

90Km Speed Sign
  • Speed limits on many arterial roads in Victoria are 60 km/h. These are always signed
  • Higher standard arterial roads may have signed speeds from 70 km/h to 90 km/h
  • On some roads outside schools, permanent 60 km/h speed limits are in place
  • Variable electronic speed limit signs also operate throughout Victoria
100Km Speed Sign
  • The default speed limit outside built-up areas is 100 km/h. This applies on roads outside built-up areas and freeways where no speed limit signs are displayed.

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