Mixed reaction to speed limit reduction on Otto Du Plessis Drive

The speed limit on Otto du Plessis Drive between Dolphin Beach Hotel and Sir David Baird has been reduced from 70km/h to 50km/h.

There’s been mixed reaction to implementation of a speed limit reduction on Otto du Plessis Drive, between Dolphin Beach and Melkbosstrand.

The City has taken a decision to reduce the speed limit from 70km/h to 50km/h, in the interest of pedestrian safety.

“We have been receiving numerous complaints and requests to consider speed control measures along Otto Du Plessis Drive. However, this roadway is classified as a higher order mobility route which, in terms of the City of Cape Town’s Traffic Calming Policy, would not qualify for any raised traffic calming measures due to the high volume of vehicular traffic, including public transport vehicles”, said the City’s Mayoral committee member for urban mobility, Rob Quintas.

However, some Table View residents did not think there was a need for the speed limit reduction.

Peter Doveton said speeding was not an issue on that road. He said one can barely drive 60km/h along that beachfront because it is a busy road.

However, Ward 107 councillor Nicky Rheeder said she is in favour of the decision. She said this is especially important in a space with high pedestrian volumes.

“This is also why I am excited about the beachfront upgrade, as pedestrians will be safeguarded on a walkway seaside of the parking area,“ she said.

Mr Quintas warned motorists that recklessness will not be tolerated.