City of London considering introduction of 15mph speed limit

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The introduction of a 15mph speed limit for all vehicles in the City of London will be discussed at a transport committee meeting next month.

As reported by Forbes, the information was included in a planning document authored by acting assistant director of transportation at the City of London Corporation Bruce McVean.

The document revealed that McVean will request support for the measure from transport minister Grant Shapps.

The report read: “A request to support a 15mph speed limit will shortly be submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport. If this is agreed, we will begin work on an experimental traffic order (ETO) to introduce a city-wide 15mph limit, with the aim of having this in place before the end of 2022.

“The implementation of the ETO will follow revised sign off processes introduced as part of the lessons learnt from the Beech Street zero emission scheme ETO.”

City of London is one of 33 local authority districts in London and is home to both the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England.

The plans will be discussed at a meeting on 5 October, and follow the introduction of a city-wide 18mph speed limit in Paris earlier this month.

Micromobility operators TIER, Dott and Lime all welcomed the decision in Paris, and a Dott spokesperson told Zag Daily that a similar initiative in London could prove beneficial for e-scooter and e-bike riders in the UK’s capital.

“A new, lower speed limit in the City of London would reinforce e-scooters and e-bikes as the most efficient way to travel across the city,” they said.

“Dott welcomes measures which encourage the use of shared micromobility and help more people feel safe choosing environmentally friendly travel, reducing congestion and pollution on the streets.”

The possibility of a lower speed limit in the City of London was discussed back in 2019, but no such measure was implemented.

City of London is currently part of the London e-scooter trial, which is set to run until March 2022.

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