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Return to 90 km / h for 37 departments

Before returning to 90 km / h, you must already return to 2018. It is in July of the said year that thelowering speed on secondary roads two-way street, without a central separator, had been decreed. At the time, motorists and a large part of the public expressed their disagreement with this measure, deeming it unnecessary. A few months later, the protests were also followed by the yellow vests movement notably.

We will have to wait until the end 2019 to see things evolve. In December of this year, the Mobility Orientation Law offered the departments a possibility of deviating from 80 km / h, after consulting the departmental road safety commission on each of the road sections concerned.

90 km / h for departments with low population density

Since 2020 so, these are close to 33 428 km of secondary roads that have reverted to 90 km/h. In any case, this is stated in a ministerial report dated November 26 by the League for the Defense of Drivers. A relatively low figure when you compare about 900,000 kms of secondary roads in France. These (almost) 34,000 km of secondary roads represent only 4% network.

If the distribution is quite uneven according to the departments, it is now 37 departments who nevertheless took the plunge and came back to the old limitation


These departments mainly concern those ” predominantly rural and with a low population density “. Departments which are geographically located on an axis stretching from Calvados to Hérault, but also in certain departments of the Grand-Est.

A measure with contested results

Among the motivations for returning to 90 km / h, the departmental councils have above all mentioned the need to ” streamline traffic and remedy the increase in vehicle accumulation queues, especially behind heavy goods vehicles, generating risk-taking when overtaking “, and ” reduce travel times to fight against the isolation of territories »To improve activity and economic attractiveness in particular.

The measurement of 90 km / h had known rather mixed results. The latter cannot really be compared to the year 2020 for example. Indeed, the traffic figures were down sharply that year, following the health crisis and the various confinements.

A first report had nevertheless been published in 2020, affirming that the reduction of the authorized speed had made it possible save 349 lives over 20 months, and save 700 million euros per year (reduction in accidents, lower fuel consumption) …

All for an extended journey time of just one second per kilometer on average.

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