“They are not yet in operation, but they will be in operation and will be very visible so that everyone knows where the radars are in Lisbon”, said Carlos Moedas.
In 2021, the Lisbon City Council invested 2.142 million euros in the acquisition of 41 vehicle speed control radars, of which 20 were installed in new locations and the rest were used to replace old ones, an investment that was initiated in the previous municipal mandate, under the presidency of the Fernando Medina.
About three months ago, under the presidency of Carlos Moedas, the municipality informed Lusa that the equipment was being gradually installed and was in the testing phase, adding that the installation of 41 new speed cameras was expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
“A radar shouldn't be a penalty, even if people don't know the radar is there, so there's a change in this executive to have radars where people know that the radar is there. We are going to inform people and, therefore, we have been working and we are going to work to make that happen, so that people when they go by car know that there is a radar in that place, we are not going to try to hide the radar, we are going to follow the philosophy of seeing the radars as a way to signal to the people”, declared the current mayor of Lisbon, assuring that it is “a different policy”.
This process of how to inform drivers is still being worked on by the municipal executive, so the entry into operation of the new radars “has taken a little longer”, acknowledged the mayor of Lisbon, defending that this vehicle speed control equipment must serve to help people, rather than penalise, in the sense of “respect for others”, with the combination of different means of transport, from motor vehicles to bicycles.
“It's true that we have to go slower, it's true that we need to be more careful and we all need to have control, but a control that is visible. I think this is important for the city”, considered the mayor of Lisbon, expressing openness to study the implementation of the speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour (km/h) in more streets of the capital.