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New speed limits for SA proposed

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New speed limits for SA proposed

New speed limits for SA proposed

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has recently proposed amendments to South Africa's rules of the road in a bid to lower the number of fatal car crashes.Reduced speed limits are one of the proposals.

Current general speed limits are set at:

60 km/h on a public road within an urban area;

100 km/h on public road outside an urban area which is not a freeway; and

120 km/h on every freeway.

If the new speed limits are adopted, it would mean a reduction in speed of 10 km/ in each zone. In effect, the speed limit would drop from 60 km/h to 50 km/h in urban areas and from 120 km/h to 110 km/h on freeways. No specific mention was made of lowering the speed limit on public roads outside of urban areas from 100 km/h to 90 km/h but that is a distinct possibility.

This proposal is in line with a recommendation made by the United Nations that a reduction in speed by 10 km/h should be looked at globally to reduce fatalities. While authorities have yet to begin the formal process of changing the regulations, it is said that the government is in favour of reducing speed limits as they are a member of the UN's road council and the UN's recommendations are therefore binding.

In addition to speed reduction, other areas that the RTMC is looking at in order to promote road safety are seatbelt and restraint compliance, driving under the influence and pedestrian safety.

 

New speed limits for SA proposed

The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has recently proposed amendments to South Africa's rules of the road in a bid to lower the number of fatal car crashes.Reduced speed limits are one of the proposals.

Current general speed limits are set at:

60 km/h on a public road within an urban area;

100 km/h on public road outside an urban area which is not a freeway; and

120 km/h on every freeway.

If the new speed limits are adopted, it would mean a reduction in speed of 10 km/ in each zone. In effect, the speed limit would drop from 60 km/h to 50 km/h in urban areas and from 120 km/h to 110 km/h on freeways. No specific mention was made of lowering the speed limit on public roads outside of urban areas from 100 km/h to 90 km/h but that is a distinct possibility.

This proposal is in line with a recommendation made by the United Nations that a reduction in speed by 10 km/h should be looked at globally to reduce fatalities. While authorities have yet to begin the formal process of changing the regulations, it is said that the government is in favour of reducing speed limits as they are a member of the UN's road council and the UN's recommendations are therefore binding.

In addition to speed reduction, other areas that the RTMC is looking at in order to promote road safety are seatbelt and restraint compliance, driving under the influence and pedestrian safety.