Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen is pleased to hear the provincial government has introduced legislation to give municipalities the authority to control speed limits on their roads. Currently, municipalities must apply to the Highway Traffic Board for any changes and, in the past, applications have frequently been denied. Goertzen says this legislation makes sense because municipalities know what is best when it comes to speed local limits.
"For Steinbach, this is really welcome news. We've really had no jurisdiction over the speeds in our community for decades. And so now, to have that given over to municipalities, given over to the City of Steinbach, instead of having it in the hands of an appointed board, I think makes a lot of sense. We look forward to being able to control what goes on in our community. We know what's best for our city. We'll wait to see the details of the regulations but we welcome this new decision."
Goertzen notes Manitoba Infrastructure will still retain control of speed limits on highways through Steinbach but feels they'll be able to make that work.
"We'll still have to continue to work together with them, but all-in-all this is really welcome news for the city."
The legislation is expected to come into effect in about a year.