Published Wednesday, 30 July 2014
The proposal from the Department of Regional Development could mean motorists have to slow down from 30mph to 20mph while driving in city centre.
It would cover areas from City Hall up to Donegal Square North and around Victoria Square.
People UTV spoke to had mixed reactions to the plans.
One person said: "You get a lot of elderly people out doing their shopping who are slow crossing the road. It would benefit them and I think we'd have less accidents."
However another said: "There are areas in and around the city centre that 20 miles an hour isn't quick enough. The roads are clear but it depends where."
The move comes as a departure from traditional efforts at slowing speed in the city such as installing road humps and central islands, the so-called self-enforcing engineering measures.
However a 20mph limit is already in place in the Holylands area and the organisers of transport charity Sustrans think motorists should now embrace the limit elsewhere in Belfast.
Steven Patterson said: "I think there's very little disadvantage to motorists being asked to go a little bit slower in the city centre but the benefits to other users - walkers, cyclists, shoppers. Creating a quieter, more pleasant city outweighs any disadvantage to motorists quite considerably."
Other residential areas across Northern Ireland are going to be included in the 20mph limit plan, such as Ballymena, Newtownabbey, Ballycastle and Ballynahinch.
There is a three-week period for people to voice their opinion on the new proposed speed limits.
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