Appeal against the Reduction to 80 km/h: the Council of State does not Suspend the Decree

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The speed limit of 80 km/h remains the rule on two-way roads

The Council of State rejected on Wednesday 25th July the appeal of 57 deputies who wanted to cancel the passage of the speed limit from 90 to 80 km/h.

On Wednesday 25th July, the Council of State issued its decision on the urgent procedure filed by 57 deputies against the decree reducing the maximum speed limit allowed on two-way roads without a central separator from 90 to 80 km/h .

It dismissed parliamentarians on form but not on substance  ; the summary referred to a request for suspension of the execution of the decree.

No “emergency” condition

The State Council explains the decision:

“In order to justify the urgency of suspending the execution of the Decree, the applicants confined themselves to putting forward general considerations, in particular the fact that the decree could be at the origin, for the motorists, of losses of points or a increased fuel costs. In the light of these arguments, the judge of the Court of First Instance held that the condition of urgency was not established by the applicants. The decree of 15 June 2018 therefore remains applicable until the Council of State decides definitively on its legality. The assessment of the urgent applications judge does not prejudge the Council of State’s assessment of the lawfulness of the decree. “




The hearing on the merits will not take place for several months, or even a year or more .

Meanwhile, the speed of 80 km/h remains the rule on the two-way lanes without central separator, except sections of these roads with at least two lanes assigned to the same direction of traffic.

It is on these roads that we find in particular the famous signs at 80 km/h at the end of the overtaking area.

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