Please explain the DIFFERENCE between enforcement where there are permanent and temporary speed signs. The one with the white background is permanent; that with the yellow background is temporary.
So, if I am travelling on a freeway where the speed limit is 120 km/h, and I come across a 100km/h temporary sign, I presume that the lower limit applies when there are roadworks or an obstruction, such as when there are workers on the edge of the road or in the middle of the two-lane highway. Understood so far. BUT, when the workers go home, almost invariably the temporary signs stay put, even though the obstruction has been moved away… What is the legal speed limit then? Surely 120 km/h. If I were travelling at 120 km/h, say after hours or at the weekend when there is no obstruction, could I be prosecuted?
The temporary sign always overrides the permanent sign. It is the road authorities task to display the sign and as long as it is displayed you must comply with it.
You may take it up with them to remove it but as long as it’s displayed it is valid.
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