The Highway Traffic Board (HTB) was created to remove political influence from overriding the application of proper traffic engineering principles in the setting of speed limits in Manitoba.
It was, for speed limit application with continuity, traffic flow and safety as being more important than the political whims from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
It was to ensure that the setting of speed limits was done in a fair and consistent manner, and with a direct ear to traffic engineering experts, utilising sound principles sourced from international traffic engineering standards.
The current government is working toward the dissolution of this important function, and placing speed limit setting in the control of politicians in the various municipalities over the Highway Traffic Board and their professional traffic engineers.
THE HTB'S FUNCTION WAS TO ENSURE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PREVAILED OVER EMOTION AND POLITICS IN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT...THAT THE GOOD OF THE MANY OR THE WHOLE WERE SUPERSEDED OVER THE GOOD OF THE ONE OR THE FEW.