Brussels installs 40 extra speed cameras to enforce 30 km/h zone
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Brussels installs 40 extra speed cameras to enforce 30 km/h zone

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The Brussels Region is buying 40 additional speed cameras to carry out additional checks in the generalised zone 30 that will be introduced throughout the Region from 2021.

The Region will buy 60 additional poles on which speed cameras can be mounted to prepare the introduction of the generalised zone 30, said Brussels Mobility Minister Elke Van den Brandt in the Mobility Commission on Tuesday. The 40 extra speed cameras can then be moved between poles.

Five municipalities and the police zone Uccle/Watermael-Boitsfort/Auderghem also want to participate in a joint call for speed cameras.

13 municipalities responded to a call from the Region to adapt their road infrastructure, for example by adding Berlin cushions (a raised surface fixed to parts of the road to keep cars from driving too fast). The Region has earmarked €2.7 million for those infrastructure works, according to Van den Brandt.

Additionally, the regional administration of Brussels Mobility will investigate how the regional roads can be adapted to the new zone 30 standards.

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As a speed limit of 30 km/h will become the norm in the Region from January 2021, and higher speeds will become the exceptions, the signage indicating the start of a zone 30 will disappear.

The introduction of the generalised zone 30 was one of the most striking measures in the Brussels coalition agreement.

The entire Brussels road network will have a speed limit of 30 km/h, with the exception of residential areas (where 20 km/h is the speed limit) and several major to be determined traffic axes where higher speeds will be allowed.

Brussels gave the green light for the generalised zone 30 in April: from the beginning of 2021, the entire Brussels road network will become zone 30, with the exception of residential areas (where 20 is the speed limit) and a list to be determined of major axes where car traffic will be allowed to drive faster.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times