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Groen proposes lower speed limit in Brussels Region
Belgian political party Groen has proposed to make the entire Brussels Region one large 'Zone 30', bringing the speed limit down to 30km per hour (kph) on all local roads within the Region, reports De Standaard.
The proposed zone applies to 70% of the Region's total road network, which currently has a speed limit of 50kph. Groen hopes to lower the speed limit across the zone to 30kph - albeit with the possibility of certain exceptions. Brussels MEP Bruno De Lille has already prepared the reform proposal.
"The main motivation is safety," said De Lille. "We have seen an average of 30 fatalities annually on Brussels roads in recent years. We therefore agreed to work together with the Region to reduce this number to less than 12 by 2020... And we know that speed is a crucial factor in accidents."
Brussels minister for road safety, Bianca Debaets, has said that De Lille's proposal is "definitely a good idea." Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet also expressed his approval, saying he sees “no problem” with the extension of the Zone 30.