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Brussels has made its choice: to reduce emissions and encourage greener, two-wheeled transport options, the road speed limit will have to come down.
From 2021, any car that escapes the gridlock on the streets of Europe's capital will still be limited to only 30 kilometres per hour—less than 19 mph.
City - Footsteps - Berlin - Madrid - Road-users
The Belgian city is following in the footsteps of Berlin and Madrid, but road-users are not convinced that the measure will make any real difference.
Restrictions already apply to around 55 percent of the city, but the capital region's left-Green government is rolling the limit out beyond residential districts.
January - Cars - Vans - Trucks - Kph
By January 1, 2021, cars, vans and trucks will face a 30 kph limit everwhere apart from key thoroughfares—grand avenues and the inner ring-road.
But even with this 18-month delay, the measure is regarded as ambitious by many experts and unwelcome by many road-users already mired in Brussels' notorious road chaos.
Benoit - Godart - Spokesman - Road-safety - Agency
Benoit Godart, spokesman for road-safety agency Vias, says studies have shown that without physical speed-limiting infrastructure, drivers ignore limits.
"If it's just a question of a couple of signs announcing the start and end of a 30-kilometre zone, that's no use," he told AFP.
Question - Measures - Cost - Capital - Region
But if it's a question of putting in traffic-calming measures, that will come at a cost to both the capital region and the 19 communes that make up the city.
Conservative opposition councillors are opposed and, perhaps not surprisingly, so are taxi drivers.
Congestion - Kilometres - Hour - Fethi - Dhib
"Traffic congestion makes it impossible to pass 30 and 40 kilometres an hour anyway," said Fethi Dhib, who has been on the road since 1987.
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