MAYOR Sam Katz’s plan to reduce speed limits around schools is another step closer to reality.
In August, Katz pledged to reduce school-zone speed limits to 30 kilometres per hour from the current 50 kilometres per hour. On Wednesday, council’s executive policy committee voted to ask city staff to put together a plan to make the changes.
A reduction cannot be made immediately because the public service must determine which schools should have reduced speed zones, as some schools are located along major streets. As well, the city also must ask the province for permission to reduce the speed limit in school zones, as the limits are regulated by the Highway Traffic Act.
Following the meeting — the first after the end of council’s summer prorogation — Katz said he did not expect the issue to be contentious for the province.