Fatal accidents have no place downtown, mayor says

23.11.2022 - 17:48
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 Mynd: Kristinn Þeyr Magnússon - RÚV
The mayor of Reykjavík does not rule out banning buses in a larger area of ​​the city centre after a fatal accident this weekend. He says that those living in the city should not have to live in fear of such accidents. 

The investigation into an accident that killed a young man is ongoing. He died in a collision at the junction of Barónstígur and Grettisgata. Police spokesperson Guðmundur Páll Jónsson says the man probably drove his electric scooter into the side of a bus. The police kept the scooter for investigation and are trying to determine at what speed it travelled. The accident happened around 9 pm and, according to Guðmundur, in pitch blackness and on wet streets.  

"This is a completely tragic accident, and it is very common that various things are reviewed when something like this happens," says city mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson. 

Buses of this type are not allowed to drive in a certain areas in the city centre. The accident happened at a junction just outside that restricted area, and the speed limit on both roads approaching that intersection is 30 km/h. "We have banned the driving of buses in a large central area, first in 2015, and then in an expanded area from 2017. We have not ruled out making [more] changes as experience shows us that it might be wise." 

Dagur says that representatives of the city review all accidents within the city limits according to its traffic safety plan. "Let's look at actions and changes in regulations related to that. We take road safety seriously and, in my opinion, we should not have fatal accidents within the city. And at all times, we monitor and react to developments, and do what needs to be done to live in as safe a city as possible." 

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