Hihifo two different speed limit signs confuse drivers

In the picture: Two different road signs at the village of Masilamea confused drivers. Photo/by courtesy of Yvette Gutteinbeil Paea

Two signs on the same stretch of road displaying different speed limits have been causing confusion in Hihifo, Tongatapu.

Some drivers on eastbound Hihifo road are confused by the speed limit signage erected at the village of Masilamea.

Tonga’s traffic authority could not be reached for comments but it suggested the mistake could be due to somebody tampering with the signs.

It is understood the signage were designed to urge westbound drivers to slow down and keep their speed limit to a maximum of 50 km/h while travelling through the village of Masilamea and for the eastbound travellers towards Nuku’alofa to be able to accelerate up to 70km/h once they passed the village.

Tongan business woman Yvette Guttenbeil Paea who took the photo this afternoon said they were traveling eastbound with her husband when they saw the signs.

She said they argued whether they would travel at 70km/h or 50km/h.

She feared that if they travelled at 70km/h Police might fine them for speeding in a residential zone but her husband said that could be disputed because the road signs were confusing.

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