Speed limit

Drivers and riders can both be fined or receive demerit points if caught travelling over the speed limit. For excessive speeding, you may face harsher penalties like licence cancellation or suspension and vehicle impoundment or immobilisation.

Always ensure safe driving practices when using our roads.

Speed related road rules

The following road rules and reference numbers regarding speed limits are outlined in full within the Road Safety Road Rules 2017.

  • 20 Obeying the speed-limit
  • 21 Speed-limit where a speed-limit sign applies
  • 22 Speed-limit in a speed-limited area
  • 23 Speed-limit in a school zone
  • 24 Speed-limit in a shared zone
  • 25 Speed-limit elsewhere

The following rule can be read in full within the Road Safety Act 1986.

  • Part 6A - Impoundment, immobilisation and forfeiture of motor vehicles
  • Schedule 5 – Minimum suspension periods for excessive speed

Minumum suspension periods

  Speed of vehicle Minimum period
 1 Exceed speed limit by 25 kilometres per hour or more, but less than 35 kilometres per hour.
3 months      
 2 Exceed speed limit by 35 kilometres per hour or more, but less than 45 kilometres per hour.
6 months
 3 Exceed speed limit by 45 kilometres per hour or more.

12 months

 4 Any speed of 130 kilometres per hour or more that is not covered by item 1, 2 or 3. 
3 months

Current information on fine and demerit points can be found at Cameras Saves Lives.

Speed limit signs

Road signs are used throughout Victoria to advise and enforce. You must travel at or below the speed shown on speed limit signs.

There are two types of speed limit signs:

  • Standard speed limit signs
  • Electronic speed limit signs.

Default speed limits at a glance

Speed limit signs aren’t displayed on all Victorian roads. Where signs are not displayed, a default speed limit is always in effect:

Area Speed Limit
School zones

School speed zones are reduced-speed areas located around schools. They’re designed to keep kids safe by lowering the speed limit at peak times when they are travelling to and from school.

To learn more about school speed limits and rules, see ourschool speed zonespage.

Shopping strips 40km/h

A 40 km/h speed limit applies in many of Melbourne’s busy strip shopping centres because of high level pedestrian activity.

These limits are clearly marked with electronic variable speed signs and advance warning signs.

Built up areas 50km/h

The default speed limit for Victoria’s roads in built-up areas is 50 km/h and applies on all roads in suburban areas where there are no speed limit signs displayed.

As high pedestrian and cyclist activity occurs in built-up areas, you should consider travelling at a speed well below the maximum speed limit

Rural and other metropolitan towns 50km/h

A reduced speed limit of 50 km/h has been introduced in many rural and outer metropolitan areas to improve driver, passenger and pedestrian safety.

The 50 km/h speed limit in these areas applies at all times and is marked by clearly visible speed signs.

Country roads 100km/h In rural Victoria, the default speed limit outside of built-up areas is 100 km/h. This default speed limit operates on roads where there are no speed limit signs.

Other speed limits

Additional speed limits include the following:

  • Speed limited areas
    Some speed signs set a speed limit across a whole area or group of roads linked together. An ‘area speed sign’ appears at the start of each road where a new area begins. The speed limit on these signs is the speed limit you have to follow on all the roads in the area.
  • Shared zones
    In shared zones the road or path for vehicles is also used by pedestrians. The speed limit in these areas is shown on the shared zone sign.
  • Areas undergoing roadworks
    Speed limits are usually reduced around roadworks. You may see temporary speed signs showing lower speed limits when approaching roadworks. If you pass a roadworks speed sign, you need to drive at or below the speed on the sign. You need to continue driving within the reduced speed limit until you pass a sign showing a different speed limit.


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