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Speed Restrictions on Local Roads

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Beach Road c1900.

In 1908 the Moorabbin councillors agreed to a by-law limiting the speed with which traffic could legally travel on the roads in the Shire.

By-law No 34

Throughout this by-law the expression "machine" shall mean any carriage, car, or other vehicle driven or impelled by steam, gas, electricity, oil, vapour or other mechanical power.

No person shall drive a machine along or across any street or any other public thoroughfare, furiously or negligently or at such a rate of speed as to endanger the safety of or injure any person, vehicle or property in the street or thoroughfare along or across which such machine is being driven

No person during a machine shall proceed at a greater speed than 12 miles an hour upon or along the thoroughfare known as Beach Road and extending from South Road to the Mordialloc Creek nor shall proceed at a greater speed than 15 miles an hour upon or along any other street or thoroughfare within the Shire of Moorabbin nor shall proceed at a greater speed than 7 miles an hour upon or along any crossing.

Every person offending against any of the provisions of this By-law shall be liable on conviction thereof to a penalty not exceeding Ten Pounds.

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Dr Scantlebury driving his car in Charman Road, Cheltenham 1903. Courtesy Betty Kuc.

References

  • Moorabbin Minute Book 13, April 6, 1908 page 236.

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