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Local Speed Limit Authority Bill Passes House

HB 1071 (Carr) seeks to achieve a long sought-after transportation safety policy goal of localities across the Commonwealth. This bill would allow the governing body of any locality to reduce to less than 25 miles per hour, but not less than 15 miles per hour, the speed limit of highways that are part of the state highway system.  The bill further states that these roads must be in a business district or residence district within the locality’s boundaries and the reduced speed limit must be designated with lawfully placed signs.

HB 1071 if successful, would allow localities the ability to reduce speed limits in certain areas even if the road in question is in the state highway system.  VACo testified in support of the bill when it was heard in the House Transportation Infrastructure and Funding Subcommittee where it reported out favorably by a vote of 6-2.  HB 1071 then reported favorably from the full House Transportation Committee by a vote of 14-8 and then completed its journey through the House of Delegates by passing its floor vote, 53-46.

This bill would improve the ability of Boards of Supervisors to respond to constituent concerns regarding transportation safety and clarify that this authority applies to roads within the state highway system.  VACo would like to thank Delegate Carr for putting the bill forward.  HB 1071 has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee where VACo will be happy to speak in support when testimony is heard on the bill.

VACo Contact: James Hutzler

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