Thirty km/h instead of 50 will be the speed limit in Eindhoven. This was decided after Tuesday evening’s debate at the City Hall.
A vast majority of the City Council found that motorists should only drive 30 km/h in built-up areas. Among other parties, PvdA (Labour Party), Groenlinks (Green Left Party), and D66 (Democrats) think the number of serious road accidents can be reduced. After all, speeding cars lead to more severe accidents. The parties also believe that this offers more room for pedestrians and cyclists.
The VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) is less enthusiastic. “Thirty km/h is a perfect maximum speed in residential areas. But beyond that, 50km/h is often needed to improve the flow of traffic. Also, the problem of road safety in Eindhoven is not that great. We do not have many places where many accidents happen, the so-called black spots”, VVD-Councillor, Tom Meylink, says.
To avoid any misunderstanding on which roads the maximum speed needs to be adjusted, Groen Links and PvdA want a list. Roads which now still have a 50km/h speed limit, but that may be changed to 30km/h, should be on this list. The parties mentioned Wal and Emmasingel as examples.
Councillor Monique List embraced this request and has agreed to compile this list. However, she is, like Mayor Jorritsma, against an additional deployment of officials to maintain the new maximum speed. “There is no money for it. We cannot achieve the impossible. Our priorities lie elsewhere”, Mayor Jorritsma says. Here, the Mayor is referring to, among other things, tackling crime in the city.
Translated by: Bob
Edited by: Melinda