A speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour came into force on most streets in Paris on Monday.
Paris officials announced the new measure in July, saying that it was aimed at increasing traffic safety, creating more space for cyclists, reducing noise and contributing to climate protection.
“The point is to reduce the space taken by cars, which involves lowering their speeds. You must remember that the great majority of serious or fatal accidents in Paris come from cars or heavy goods vehicles.This measure is part of a coherent policy of transformation of the public space – a policy that favours so-called ‘soft’ modes of mobility like walking, cycling and public transport, to the detriment of cars, which we would like to reserve only for essential use.” Paris’ deputy mayor, David Belliard, said.
Thomas and Skhumba asked Kaya 959 listeners if they think the new law in France would actually work in South Africa:
Emakasi it won’t be a problem, then there’s Jozi & abo mageza yey! 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/msHndmrSTt
— Dani Ruttang ☄️ (@Dani_Baloyi) September 2, 2021
At 30km/h, I don’t a need for traffic reports @JulietJoseph
You would always say, “The roads are slow & congested as always… Rather get on a bike or a horse” 😂🤣#ThomasAndSkhumba
— Madoda #FreeEswatini (@MadodaT_Umsutfu) September 2, 2021
30km/hr in a world that travels at a speed of light? Won’t work. When we have to travel at that speed means everything else needs to adjust including office hrs which means less productivity, Less economic growth more poverty. Easy for rich France to impose #ThomasAndSkhumba
— ℍ𝕠𝕟𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖 𝕂𝕒𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕒▫️ (@BonganiD_Kaunda) September 2, 2021
A lot of the Kaya 959 listeners also weighed in on what would happen if the law was imposed in South Africa