Dutch news in brief, 25 March 2005

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Summer time saves EUR 14m, As the Dutch prepared to turn their clocks forward one hour prior to going to bed on Saturday night, research published on Friday indicated that daylight saving time results in a combined energy saving of EUR 14 million. Energy company Nuon said the savings are due to people turning their lights on at a later hour in the summer than is the case in the winter months. But people also use electrical appliances less frequently in the home. Branch association EnergieNed said the total

Summer time saves EUR 14m

As the Dutch prepared to turn their clocks forward one hour prior to going to bed on Saturday night, research published on Friday indicated that daylight saving time results in a combined energy saving of EUR 14 million. Energy company Nuon said the savings are due to people turning their lights on at a later hour in the summer than is the case in the winter months. But people also use electrical appliances less frequently in the home. Branch association EnergieNed said the total savings come to EUR 60 million, basing its figures on consumer rates rather than supplier prices.

Accidents delay holiday traffic

Two accidents on the A2 Utrecht-Maastricht motorway on Friday led to long delays for motorists heading south. Dutch motorists association ANWB said at about 1.30pm that two traffic jams extended to a combined length of 25km. A spokesman said it was normal for a day such as Easter Friday to be busier than normal, but that it was very unfortunate such an important route to the south was facing delays. Much of the problems were caused by an accident involving a truck and a passenger vehicle on the Eindhoven ring road. Two lanes were closed as police diverted traffic via the Deil junction.

Later opening hours for Amsterdam

Amsterdam Council agreed on Wednesday to extend the opening hours of cafes and bars. Evening and night businesses were granted an extra hour's opening time. City Mayor Job Cohen said evening businesses will now be allowed to open from 9am to 3am during the week and until 4am on weekends. Night businesses can open from 9-4am during the week and until 5am on weekends. Cafés will also be allowed to have a "cooling off" hour if found necessary, but will not be allowed to keep serving alcohol in that time.

Police arrest 'lazy' ghost rider

Police arrested on Thursday night a 27-year-old Oss man who deliberately drove the wrong way on the A50 Oss-Den Bosch motorway. "He was too lazy to take the normal route," a police spokesman said. The man bought a packet of cigarettes from a petrol station on the A50 and simply took the shortest route home. He was also driving without a valid licence. Motorists who drive against the flow of traffic in the Netherlands are called 'ghost riders'.

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