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Increased acceptance across Europe for 30 km/h speed limits

27 January 2015

Milan announced plans to introduce new 30 km/h zones by March, following extensions if Edinburgh and speed limit plans in Paris and Spain.

As the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) reports, Milan is in company with introducing new speed limits: Recently, the city council of Edinburgh extended 20 mph (32 km/h) zones to cover some 80% of the city’s streets, including the entire city centre. Paris also announced plans last summer to dramatically increase the number of lower-speed zones across the city.

The cities' move reflects growing acceptance of the lower urban speed limits in cities and countries across Europe.

Spain’s new general road law contains the boldest plan of any European country, forseeing 30 km/h limits on most city streets across the country, though implementation has been delayed for several months.