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Local Speed Limits Authority Bill Gets Green Light

HB 1071 (Carr) seeks to achieve a long sought-after transportation safety policy goal of Virginia localities. 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.

VACo supports HB 1071 and has testified during its hearings in the House and Senate.  VACo is happy to write that HB 1071 reported out of the Senate, 23-17, passing the House before crossover.  The bill will now head to the Governor’s desk where we await his decision.

HB 1071 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 thanks Delegate Carr for putting the bill forward.  VACo also thanks all the stakeholders who supported this bill and for urging legislators to vote for the bill.  VACo will be sure to provide updates when they become available.

VACo Contact: James Hutzler

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