MIROS to propose lower 30 km/h speed limit for urban and residential areas

Jerrica · May 24, 2021 09:28 PM

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Can you imagine all downtown roads with a standard top speed of 30 km/h? That might be what is installed for us as the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (MIROS) is proposing to cap speed limits to 30 km/h for urban and residential areas, cities, and villages.

MIROS director-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim told Free Malaysia Today (FMT) that the institute will be engaging other stakeholders to agree with their proposal.

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Miros director-general Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim displaying the #Love30 global campaign of lowering the speed limit to 30 km/h

The stakeholders that MIROS has approached are the Public Works Department (JKR), Road Transport Department (JPJ), local councils, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM), and other relevant authorities.

Khairil further elaborated that lowering the speed limit to 30 km/h would allow people to mix safely with road traffic and enable the community to build a safe, healthy, green, and liveable place.

Also read: Should Malaysia’s national speed limit be increased to above 110 km/h?

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The MIROS board of directors will be presenting a paper on the new proposed speed limit to the Ministry of Transport.

“From there, we will finalise the road safety plan with various road safety experts and stakeholders and bring it up to the transport ministry,” Khairil told FMT.

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Malaysia is one of the countries that has mandated 18 resolutions on road safety at a global ministerial conference in February 2020.

According to Khairil, one of the solutions presented to halve the total of road accident deaths by 2030 was to make a speed cap of 30 km/h a new norm in specific areas.

Also read: Never mind Volvo's 180 km/h speed limit, many more speed-capped cars are coming

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As it is, Korea has already adopted the 30 km/h speed limit law in residential areas nationwide while downtown areas are restricted to just 50 km/h since April 2021.

Do you think reducing the speed limit to 30 km/h in urban and residential areas will improve road safety?

Also read: Korean cities introduce 50/30 km/h speed limit; No road fatalities since

Jerrica

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