(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) announced on Sunday that he was adopting the recommendations of a special committee that investigated Israel’s speed limits and in the upcoming weeks would update the permissible limits to better reflect the road’s safety levels.
Under the new directives, the speed limit on roads that earned a high safety ranking would be increased by 10 kilometers per hour, while the limit on some local and regional roads will be decreased.
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Thus, the speed limits on Route 1 from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Highway 431 from Modi’in to Rishon Lezion and a section on Highway 4 will increase from 100 kph. to 110 kph.
Speed limits on Route 2 from Tel Aviv to Haifa, Route 5, Route 40 and the Ayalon freeway will increase from 90 kph to 100 kph.
But on Tel Aviv’s Namir Road and Beersheba’s Ben- Gurion Boulevard, the limit will drop by 10 kph.
According to a ministry press release, none of the changes require special legislation and Katz instructed the traffic commissioner to change the signs immediately.
The committee worked on the recommendations for two years and heard from professors and researchers from the Technion as well as representatives from more than 30 relevant bodies including municipalities, engineering associations and road safety advocacy groups.