Det nya hastighetsgränssystemet: regionala beslutsfattares syn, problembilder och förväntningar

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Helena Svensson

In 2008 and 2009 the Swedish Road Administration (SRA) introduces new speed limits based on a more flexible system. This means that the current speed limits are supplemented with 40, 60, 80, 100 and 120 km/h. The limits should be gradually adjusted according to how safe the road is and the degree of violence that the human body can withstand following a mistake. The purpose of this study is to provide a comprehensive description and analysis of regional actors' view on the new speed limit system, i.e. their problems, expectations of what the system should be able to achieve as well as views on how the implementation process has been performed so far. The changes that have been addressed in the study are those included in phase 1 of the introduction of the new system, i.e. changes in the speed limits on the national road network. The data were collected through interviews with representatives of the respondents, i.e. municipalities, regional development councils/regional cooperative bodies, county police and county administrative boards. To get a spread of interviews across the country three different regions were selected; the interviews were carried out in Skåne, Västra Götaland and Västerbotten. In each region approximately seven interviews were done and the material thus comprises a total of 21 completed interviews. In addition to interviews all the written opinions which were submitted to the SRA in the three regions in phase 1 have been used as research material in the study.

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