DOT Amendment of Traffic Rules Governing Speed LImit
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments (View Public Comments Received:1)
Statement of Basis and Purpose of Proposed Rule
On February 18, 2014, Mayor de Blasio launched the Vision Zero action plan – an ambitious plan to reduce traffic fatalities in New York City. Vision Zero accepts no traffic fatality as inevitable. Vision Zero allows government agencies, industry groups, key transportation stakeholders and the public to understand traffic crashes as the result of a series of actions that can be changed or prevented through enforcement, education and design.
The proposed rule would amend Section 4-06 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, which relates to speed limits. The purpose of the proposed rule is to update the speed limit rule to correspond with an expected change to the citywide speed limit. Intro. 466 of 2014, which is expected to be enacted in October, will amend Section 19-177 of the New York City Administrative Code to reduce the official citywide speed limit from the current thirty miles per hour to twenty-five miles per hour. This local law change is pursuant to the authority provided by section 1642(a)(26) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, which was recently amended. If enacted, Intro. 466 will take effect on November 7, 2014. The Department of Transportation anticipates that this reduced speed limit will result in both fewer crashes involving pedestrians, and fewer fatalities and less severe injuries if crashes involving pedestrians do occur.
These rule amendments are proposed pursuant to the authority of the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation to make rules under sections 1043(a) and 2903(a) of the New York City Charter.