Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) are currently working on introducing speed limits in several parts of the city centre as part of the Malaysian Road Safety Plan 2021-2030.
This was informed by the chairman of Miros Datuk Suret Singh in a tweet yesterday (8 January).
This involved identifying the stretches of roads where these speed limits can be implemented as a road safety measure and setting speed limits of 30kph and 50kph.
He also said that the 2 bodies will be sharing data and CCTV recordings of traffic offences committed in the capital city.
According to FMT, Miros is in the final stages of finalising the proposal for a standard 30kph speed limit for urban and residential areas, cities, and villages.
Malaysia is one of the countries that ratified the “Stockholm Declaration” on road safety, with 18 resolutions, at a global ministerial conference in February 2020.
The Ministerial conference brought together more than 80 ministers and heads of delegation, and 1700 delegates, from 140 countries and they made a pledge to halve the number of road deaths by 2030 and proposed the speed limit of 30kph as “the new norm” in areas where motorcyclists, car drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are common road users.
In May 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on governments around the world to adopt the 30kph speed limit in cities and towns.
“We need a new vision to create safe, healthy, green and liveable cities,”
“Low-speed streets are an important part of that vision. As we recover and rebuild from Covid-19, let’s make safer roads for a safer world.” Ghebreyesus said.
"Together we are building momentum towards the launch of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for #RoadSafety 2021-2030.— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 17, 2021
We’ve made great progress but with your support,[@ZolekaMandela], and partners around the world we can do a lot more"-@DrTedros pic.twitter.com/cgULALj6NU
This is because mobility and road traffic volume had decreased overall due to the Covid-19 lockdowns and more people working from home.
Apart from Ghebreyesus, Child Health Initiative global ambassador Zoleka Mandela said that anything above 30kph is a death sentence to the road user.
“Today and every day, 3,000 children are killed or injured on the world’s roads. This is a crisis that is man-made and is entirely preventable,” she said.
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