"We are working, taking the example of Lisbon, [so] that the powers of speed enforcement in urban spaces, within towns and within cities, can be done by municipal councils," Carlos Miguel told journalists on 9 September.

The governor was speaking after the closing of the conference on sustainable urban mobility "Walking Cities", organised by the Institute for Cities and Towns with Mobility (ICVM), held on 8 and on 9 September at the Manuel António da Mota Foundation.

According to Carlos Miguel, the idea is that the supervision may be done "through radars, with the collaboration of municipal inspectors, or with the collaboration of the PSP or GNR through a protocol, as it is done today with the parking supervision".

Questioned about deadlines for this measure of decentralisation of competencies, and recognising that he was being "very optimistic", he estimated that "until the end of this year" there will be conditions to have the "dialogue phase closed" and proposals for discussion in the Council of Ministers.

"We are still working on it, and we have to dialogue with other ministries, namely with the Ministry of Internal Administration," said Carlos Miguel, who has the tutelage of municipalities in the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion.

Carlos Miguel gave as an example the implementation of the maximum speed of 30 kilometres per hour, or the installation of speed bumps and other urban measures.

Questioned as to whether this measure is included in a new package of decentralisation measures, Carlos Miguel rejected this, speaking "of a specific competence", and admitted that a parallel study would be carried out in.

He said that the issue of the costs of decentralisation of this measure had not yet been addressed, but estimated that "it is something that for municipalities will not be a big problem".

"If we take Lisbon for example, it is an investment that is bearable in a short space of time. I don't think that will be the problem," he told reporters, referring to the revenue from fines.

More advanced is "the process of fines resulting from parking", whose competencies the Government intends that the municipalities can delegate to the Intermunicipal Communities (CIMs), "with gains in efficiency and even monetary".

"It is something that will be happening very soon," Carlos Miguel told reporters.

The governor believes that the measure will be something that "will go ahead", as the ANMP "is completely in favour of it".