New Speed Limit Policy Up for Discussion in Essex


The Town of Essex could soon have a new policy for establishing speed limits.

A report is going before council Monday night that will recommend the town adopt the Transportation Association of Canada's Guidelines for Establishing Posted Speed Limits.

Ward 1 Councillor Morley Bowman says some speeding complaints from outside Harrow brought the issue before council last year.

"A lot of times we don't have direct rules to follow and that's really what this reports starting to focus on," he says.

Part of the proposed policy is a petition based program that requires a reason and at least 65 per cent of a neighbourhoods support, according to the report.

Bowman says it's an important addition.

"You can't just indiscriminately go and lower speed limits in areas, there has to be a reason for it."

At the end of the day, Bowman says decisions to lower speed limits can't be arbitrary.

"When we get these requests for lowering speed limits, you have to be very careful that you're not affecting the regular flow of traffic as it moves across your municipality," he added.

Essex Town Council begins its regular meeting at 6 p.m.