Toronto is facing a traffic nightmare after new rules are coming into force that will reduce the speed limit on city streets.
The city says the change will make driving more enjoyable for drivers, and it will also help to reduce traffic congestion.
“In an environment like Toronto, where there is a large number of vehicles on a city street, where they are travelling at a speed that is significantly greater than it was a year ago, it’s quite easy to create a significant traffic problem for drivers,” said Mayor John Tory.
The new rule will allow motorists to slow down at any speed on Toronto streets, from 15 to 30 km/h, while drivers on foot and in buses are allowed to drive at 60 km/hr.
Tory says the new speed limit will allow more people to use Toronto’s roads.
“We’ve got an incredible number of pedestrians on our streets,” he said.
“I think it’s great that there is such a wide variety of walking that is going on in our city, but we have to maintain the speed of traffic, and we need to maintain it on the roads.”
The city is looking to reduce vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-vehicle collisions in the city by increasing enforcement of speed limits and fines.
Tories says he will sign a new law allowing Toronto to implement speed limits that are 30 km to 60 km an hour and to have fines increase by 5 per cent every year until 2020.