The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) is currently working on a proposal to reduce the speed limit around Klang Valley.
The proposal – will be presented to DBKL next month – is to reduce the current speed limit of 50km/h to just 30km/h in certain areas.
The matter was confirmed by Deputy Federal Territory Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.
“Data collection and analysis will be carried out, and if it is agreed, it will be implemented in September this year.
“The areas involved in this MIROS study are areas with speed limits of 60 km/h and 40 km/h.
“Meanwhile, roads that have been gazetted with 70 km/h and 80 km/h speed limits are not included in the study,” he told the Dewan Negara on Monday, responding to a question from Senator Datuk Mohd Hisamudin Yamaha.
According to Jalaluddin, DBKL also shared the same view that reducing the speed limit would also improve other road users’ safety, including cyclists and pedestrians.
The proposal is currently in line with other major cities such as Paris, which implemented the speed limit back in August 2021.
Although the move is seen as beneficial to road users, it might have different implications for motorcyclists who are in and out of the city centre daily.
Trying to keep the speed at just 30km/h will be a struggle, especially when riding between other vehicles.