José Trigoso considered that reducing speed to 30 kilometres/hour provides safety to drivers and road users.
“I'm not talking about 30 kilometres/hour on Avenida da República [in Lisbon], but on cross [roads], where there is only one lane in each direction”, exemplifies José Trigoso, adding that this reduction allows the driver to “stop the car according to the visibility conditions”.
This decrease must be accompanied by “physical measures to calm traffic”, suggests José Trigoso, who believes it is possible to drive faster on the main traffic routes in Lisbon.
“On these [roads] there is no reason to reduce speed. In some of them, there is even a reason to increase” the speed.
The president of the PRP also considers it necessary to carry out road safety audits of urban road projects, which allow the detection of “failures” in order to be “altered”.
My experience is that most Portuguese drivers ignores speed limits and most other road laws. I’m literally fearing for my life every time I drive in this country. Even worse when I’m walking along roads with no pavement. I would love to see lower limits in residential areas, but also more police that enforce them.
By Benjamin Hadland from Lisbon on 18 Jan 2023, 15:43