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80 applications for lower speed limits since 2015



Since 2015 communes have been able to request the implementation of speed limits in certain sections of public roads Photo: Matic Zorman

Since 2015 communes have been able to request the implementation of speed limits in certain sections of public roads Photo: Matic Zorman

Since 2015, 80 requests have been made for the introduction of a 30 km/h speed limit in certain sections of public roads.

About 40 of the demands were accepted while 16 were rejected. Another 16 are currently on hold and nine are being processed. Mobility and public works minister François Bausch (déi Gréng) shared these numbers in an answer to a parliamentary question.

Since 2015 communes can request the introduction of a 30km/h speed limit for a section of a public road. They are also charged with the implementation and funding of the traffic modifications.

For the most part the demands have been submitted by the communes. “As part of infrastructure projects with the state’s participation, some aspects discussed during the planning phase can be implemented, including the 30 km/h speed limit,” said Bausch.

The aim of these measures is to allow communes to create a coherent street network and to improve safety on the road. The 30 km/h speed limit can also be implemented in sections of the road where public establishments such as restaurants impact the traffic generated by pedestrians and cyclists.

“The implementation of a 30 km/h limit on a portion of a public road should not result in an increase of traffic in other neighborhoods,” said Bausch.

The speed limit reductions proposed by the communes are analysed by a working group which submits its verdict to the ministry of mobility and public works, which then makes the final decision.