UBCM rejects proposal for default 40 km/h speed limits

You don’t have to worry about speed limits on city streets being lowered.

An emotional call at the Union of BC Municipalities convention to slow drivers down would have seen the limit drop to 40 km/h has been rejected by delegates.

It was the City of Victoria that brought the proposal to the UBCM. The debate included a poignant argument in support from Parksville Councillor Bill Neufeld.

“My sister in law… got killed. That’s where we need behavioural modification to slow people down, because speed does kill,” he said.

Arguments against the proposal included an interesting analogy from the mayor of Cache Creek, who compares speed limits to panty hose — one size does not fit all.