The Director General of Traffic, Pere Navarro, said today that 90% of the accidents that occur at a speed of 50 kilometers per hour end in death, while that percentage drops to 10% at 30 km / h. Navarro has thus argued the modification of the speed limit in cities approved on November 10.
Pere Navarro: “The limit of 30 per hour will prevent cars from circulating all day in the center of cities”
“It is an example, a bit of complicity between the administrations that helps in some way to open the doors to achieve the objectives,” he stressed, while adding that the data is “overwhelming.” Navarro has argued that this modification was due to the fact that some city councils and the FEMP had requested it.
These statements have been produced during an act of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) of a manual to guide city councils and local entities in the implementation of the speed limitation to 30 kilometers per hour (km / h) on urban roads and crossings, on the occasion of the publication of the latest modification of the General Traffic Regulations that will begin to apply from May 11.
Both organizations have presented this guide at an event held at the headquarters of the FEMP, which was attended by the General Director of Traffic, Pere Navarro, the Secretary General of the FEMP, Carlos Daniel Casares Díaz, and the Deputy Mayor of the City Council of Bilbao and president of the Committee on Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Road Safety of the FEMP, Alfonso Gil.
The document aims to convey in a graphic way the possible cases that may occur in the populations of Spain, with the aim of promoting and helping Municipal Authorities to apply them effectively. The generic speed limit on urban roads will be 20 km / h on roads with a single carriageway and sidewalk platform, 30 km / h on single-lane roads per direction of traffic, and 50 km / h on roads. two or more lanes per direction of travel.
Specifically, the document responds to 32 real situations and examples that can be found on city streets; It will be sent to the town councils and can be downloaded from the DGT and FEMP websites. In addition, an explanatory video has been created that shows how the 30 km / h will help change traffic and build friendlier cities, in which all road users can coexist.
In his speech, Navarro highlighted the example of Bilbao, which last September became the first city in the world with more than 300,000 inhabitants to limit the speed of road traffic to 30 throughout its territory. “Bilbao is probably the city that has best understood, explained and applied the 30 kilometers per hour, with which a recognition for courage”, he highlighted.
In this sense, the Director General of Traffic recalled that on November 10, the Government approved a royal decree that reduces the generic limit from 50 to 30 km / h on single-lane or single-lane streets by direction of circulation, which are the majority in Spanish cities.
The Traffic Director has also highlighted noise in cities and pointed out that it is a “sensitive issue”. In this way, Pere Navarro has affirmed that there are studies that indicate that its reduction improves the quality of sleep, levels of stress and anxiety, as well as improved attention in studies and jobs.
“Every time we have more actors and there is an interaction in the streets of our cities. This interaction and with all these actors it is not possible to guarantee safety at speeds greater than 30 kilometers per hour is not possible. Period”, he has settled, for add that it is a measure within a “whole model” to make cities more sustainable and “humane”, which will allow in the future to eliminate “obstacles” from the sidewalks, such as signs or even some traffic lights.
For his part, the Secretary General of the FEMP, Carlos Daniel Casares Díaz, has defended that “the challenge of reducing speed limits, without a doubt, is the best instrument for road safety in urban areas”.