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Lower city speed limit? May as well, says Fox

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A proposed 40km/h speed limit in Adelaide’s CBD may as well go ahead because motorists can’t go any faster anyway, says Transport Services Minister Chloe Fox.

The limit – currently the subject of a six month trial on Hutt St – is the initiative of the Adelaide City Council.

“You may as well, it doesn’t matter; the reality if that you can’t move at any more than 35km/h anyway,” Fox said today when asked if she supported the limit.

“The idea of prescribing 40km/h – sure, go ahead and do that – but no-one can go at that speed anyway.

“The city is so busy, you can’t go any faster.”

The 40km/h speed limit trial is in force along Hutt St from South Tce to Flinders St, and in the residential area bounded by Hutt St, Wakefield St, East Tce and South Tce.

When he launched the trial Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood said Adelaide was lagging behind other state capitals in reducing speeds.

“We need to wake up to the fact that we are the exception to the rule,” he said.

“There is no reason why this won’t improve the economy and viability of the street.

“Anyone saying it’s revenue raising for speeding fines is ludicrous and totally missing the point.”

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