New Simpler Traffic Rules Introduced in City Centre To Increase Safety For Pedestrians
The changes will see stricter regulation of pedestrian zones and relaxing of some rules in other areas. The rules are being revised after around one year since their introduction. Photo: KK / Brno Daily.
Brno, Sep 23 (BD) – The plans will see new regulations applied to the area designated as the “pedestrian zone”, which includes the pedestrianised streets themselves, Rasinova, and Zelny trh. The changes will include:
- Entry will only be permitted from 6am to 10:30am.
- Entry will be limited to residents and businesses in the pedestrian zone, owners of parking places (eg. in courtyards or garages) and reserved parking places (VPS) in the pedestrian zone, city police and integrated rescue system workers, nursing and social services, and people with disabilities.
- Entry for services such as repair work, removals and so on will be allowed with a proof of the reason and confirmation from the resident or business.
- Taxis are allowed to enter the pedestrian zone throughout the day only with a valid and verified call-out from a passenger and permission from the Transport Department of the City of Brno (OD MMB) (as today); parking during the night is allowed only at designated taxi stands.
- Parking spaces will be reserved for residents, businesses and VPS owners. Suppliers and other services will use so-called dropzones, turntables marked with the appropriate traffic sign, where it will be possible to park using a parking disc for 30 or 60 minutes.
- Compliance will be checked by an automatic CCTV system.
For the “other areas”, including Jezuitská, Měnínská, Bašty and Veselá, there will be no restriction of access, other than the existing regulations limiting parking to residents and businesses.
Brno Mayor Marketa Vanková (ODS) summarised the changes: “Changes to the regulation of entrances were necessary. We have balanced two aspects – on the one hand, it is necessary to set the rules so that services can be provided without problems, and so that institutions located in the center can be reached without unnecessary complications. On the other hand, the safety of pedestrians and other road users should be taken into account. The result is ultimately the division of historic city centre into two areas: the pedestrian zone and the rest.”
According to Council Member for Transport Petr Kratochvíl (ODS), project documentation for the installation of the CCTV system is now being prepared, and the changes are expected to come into force on 1 January 2020.
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