A motion to impose the 30 kilometer-per-hour speed limit on some local roads, rather than all, was adopted on Thursday evening in the Uccle Communal Council. The Reformist Movement (MR), Democratic, Federalist, Independent (DéFI) party, and the Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH) voted for the motion. The Socialist Party (PS) and Ecologists (Ecolo) abstained.
The motion asked the Council to impose 30-km zones in neighbourhoods in consultation with their inhabitants. The lowering of the maximum speed from 50 km/hr. to 30 km/hr. will thus be done on a case-by-case basis.
Thibaud Wyngaard, head of the Ecolo group in the Council, deplored the fact that Uccle was not joining the group of communes, including Schaerbeek, Ixelles, Forest and Saint-Gilles, that have imposed 30-km zones on all roads except main axes. “What a lack of ambition!” Wyngaard exclaimed.
“Once again, Uccle is the bad pupil in the Brussels class on the subject of mobility,” he added. Generalising the 30-km zones to all neighbourhood roads– main roads keep the 50 km/hr. limit – means improving quality of life and conviviality by reducing noise nuisance, not to speak of air quality. It’s also, and especially, a way to reduce mortality on the roads.”
The Brussels Times