Government considers changing speed limit to 100 kph on highways

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 20:00

The Government is considering changing the speed limit to 100 kilometres per hour on highways in particular and it could possibly be agreed upon within a week.

This will apply to the Churchill Roosevelt, Uriah Butler and Beetham highways.

The speed limit along the Diego Martin Highway will also be adjusted upward based on experts' advice.

Minister of Works and Transport, Fitzgerald Hinds told today's post-Cabinet news conference that in light of public discussion on the matter, he has asked experts within his Ministry to give feedback on the issue.

He says he has requested the feedback be received "in short order, perhaps within a week".

"This matter is receiving active consideration," he told the press conference.

Acting Prime Minister Colm Imbert said the Government is not going to 'flip-flop" on the issue.

"We intend to uphold the law as it is but at the same time we intend to actively pursue the speed limit of 100 kilometres per hour on those highways," he said.

Minister Hinds is making it clear that speed limits are developed by scientific mechanisms that involve the built of the roads and also by the "prevailing speed", which means the average speed of drivers using the roads.

"This prevailing speed helps in determination of what the speed limit is. The ministry's officials are also looking at this prevailing speed and will make our determination at that point," Minister Hinds said.

The Minister added that he has not seen any petition on social media nor has he been approached by any group or individual, offering justifiable reasons why the speed limit should be adjusted.

"We are looking at the matter and it will be done on a scientific basis, not on the basis of whim or emotions or because somebody is making noise or otherwise," the Minister said.