Ukraine to reduce speed limit in settlements
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will reduce the maximum allowed speed in Ukrainian settlements from 60 kilometers per hour to 50 km/h starting January 1, 2018, according to Cabinet resolution No. 883 of November 10, published in the official government gazette Uriadovy Kurier.
"The government has amended Ukraine's Traffic Rules. The resolution stipulates the reduction of a speed limit in Ukrainian settlements from the current 60 km/h to 50 km/h. This, in turn, will contribute to a significant enhancement of road safety and save lives," Uriadovy Kurier reports.
According to the publication, the resolution will come into force on January 1, 2018.
It is noted that in most EU countries, the speed limit in settlements does not exceed 50 km/h, while the limit is even dropped to 30 km/h in certain areas.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, in early November, the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting initiated a number of amendments to the legislation and regulations to increase road safety.
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov suggested that the validity of the driver's license be 2 years for anyone who obtains their first license. He also said that if a driver commits no more than two violations within 2 years, then their driving license should be issued for 30 years, without the need to retake tests.
Avakov also proposed to reduce the maximum allowed speed in Ukrainian settlements from 60 km/h to 50 km/h, as well as to increase the fines for speeding.