Fact Check: Law Project PL-x47/2023 is NOT About Restricting Movement or Confining People to a 15-Minute City

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Fact Check: Law Project PL-x47/2023 is NOT About Restricting Movement or Confining People to a 15-Minute City Not Confining

Does the law project PL-x 47/2023 on durable urban mobility regulate how citizens will be confined to their neighborhood? And is this part of a greater plan of controlling the population, associated with the '15-minute city' concept? No, that's not true. The law, whose procedure of adoption was recently stalled in Romania's Chamber of Deputies, sets the conditions for more climate-friendly and efficient mobility in urban areas, in order to diminish pollution, raise safety, encourage walking and alternative transport. It would empower local administrations to plan such new measures. It does not involve setting restrictions on where people can or cannot go although it does regulate which types of vehicles can be used in some places.

Claims like these appeared in several TikTok posts, including this video (archived here) posted by user @elenaradu1950 on April 7, 2023 (archived here) with the following description:

PL-x47/2023 orasul de 15 min , cam asta poate sa insemne

(Translation: "PL-x47/2023 the city of 15 min, that's what it can mean")

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Mon Apr 17 10:36:26 2023 UTC)

On April 5, the Chamber of Deputies in the Romanian Parliament voted (archived here) for postponing the decisive vote on the law project PL-x 47/2023 on durable urban mobility (archived here), which was adopted by the Senate in February this year. It was devised by the Ministry for Development, Public Works and Administration in September 2022 (archived here), as part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR), a set of EU-funded investments and reforms that have to be implemented by 2026.

Some of the main stipulations of the proposed legislation are:

  • By the end of 2030, education, medical, and social care institutions should be located at a distance of at most 300 metres from a bus, tram, train or subway stop.
  • Such public transport stops should not be situated farther than 400m from one another.
  • At least 60% of a city's population must have a public transport line available at most 500m away.
  • Local administrations should delineate specific areas with low emission levels, as well as make a decision on whether these areas would require a fee or certain rules to be accessed by personal car
  • Specific public transport vehicles would get special reserved lanes assigned to them.

None of these measures would restrict people from going outside their own neighborhood or force them to stay within a certain area.

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