The speed limit on some secondary roads in France may be raised back from 80km/h to the previous speed limit of 90km/h.
France’s National Assembly voted on Thursday evening to let elected officials in the country’s départements and city halls choose between the two speeds, reported France Info, Le Monde and The Local France.
“During the second half of 2018, there were 127 lives saved thanks to the 80km/h decision,” both France Info and Le Monde quoted France’s transport minister, Elisabeth Borne, as saying this week. However, both publications cited the lower speed limit as one of the contributing factors that led to the Gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protest movement.
The bill requires local authorities to take other traffic safety precautions if they increase the speed limit in their area.