SPEED LIMITS WITH AND WITHOUT AUSTERITY

I LIMITI DI VELOCITA CON E SENZA AUSTERITY

ON THE 1ST DECEMBER 1973 SPEED LIMITS (100 KM/H ON ORDINARY ROADS AND 120 KM/H ON MOTORWAYS) WERE INTRODUCED IN ITALY TO REDUCE PETROL CONSUMPTION. THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES THESE AND SIMILAR MEASURES ADOPTED IN OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, AND COMMENTS ON THEIR EFFECTS ON SAFETY, SINCE IT WAS ARGUED IN SOME QUARTERS THAT THE LIMITS WHICH WERE INTRODUCED BECAUSE OF THE OIL CRISIS SHOULD BE RETAINED IN THE INTERESTS OF SAFETY. RECENT STUDIES BY AN OECD WORKING GROUP AND BY ONSER HAVE SHOWN THAT IN ALL COUNTRIES WHERE AN EFFECTIVE REDUCTION OF SPEED WAS OBSERVED THERE WAS A CONCURRENT REDUCTION RELATIVE TO THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF ACCIDENTS. FURTHER COORDINATED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ARE RECOMMENDED, BASED ON THE CONCEPT OF AN EXPERIMENTAL ROAD NETWORK AND A CONTROL ROAD NETWORK, ON WHICH STATISTICAL SURVEYS ARE MADE BEFORE AND DURING THE APPLICATION OF SPEED LIMITS.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Societa Autostrade

    Via Antonio Nibby 10
    00161 Rome,   Italy 
  • Authors:
    • Sogona, P L
  • Publication Date: 1973-12

Language

  • Italian

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 6-10
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00083384
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM