Love 30 to address Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications
Love 30 has been invited to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications on the topic of Speed Limit Reductions in Urban Areas and the RSA Road Safety Strategy on the 1st March 2022.
We will make the case that 30 km/h as a default urban speed limit is an opportunity to:
- significantly reduce the number of vehicle collisions and related serious injuries
- Allow children to play outdoors more safely
- Make our cities and towns more liveable by allowing people of all ages and abilities to walk or cycle to study, work, shops, and visits to friends and family
- Improve the general health of the population
- Contribute to our climate action plan
And we will call for the Government to introduce national legislation mandating a default 30 km/h speed limit in built-up areas. It will then be up to councils to decide which (if any) roads should have a different speed limit. A default limit does not prevent a higher limit being introduced where it is deemed necessary and safe.
We will also welcome that the Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, included a High Impact Action (Number 6) to "Establish a working group to examine and review the framework for the setting of speed limits, including introducing 30km/h limits as the default in urban areas." and ask for this working group to be set up without delay.