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Budapest will begin testing new measures aimed at reducing speed limits and traffic after the city assembly approved a proposal for a comprehensive road safety plan, Gergely Karácsony, the city’s mayor, said. Karácsony said there was broad social and political consensus on the need to significantly reduce the number of road accidents in Budapest.
Citing an ongoing political debate on the proposal, Karácsony said it was clear that “nobody read” the document. The proposal, he said, was nothing more than a call for the city’s leadership to submit a comprehensive road safety and traffic management plan to the city assembly and to launch test projects.
He said press reports that the city council was pushing for a blanket speed-limit reduction were untrue. Karácsony said the novel coronavirus epidemic was likely to have both short- and long-term effects on transport in the capital. The city council has agreed with several districts on launching the test projects, the mayor said, adding that a comprehensive traffic management strategy would be prepared for the whole of Budapest by Dec. 31.