Dutch transport minister may scrap 80 kph zones

24th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The speed limit has helped improve air quality but resulted in increased tailbacks that stretched several stretches of motorway.

24 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - In a letter to parliament, Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings writes that he is considering scrapping the 80 kilometre per hour zones on motorways around the big cities.

Air quality has improved since their introduction, but tailbacks have increased on several stretches of motorway, including the last stretch of the A12 leading into The Hague and the A20 near Rotterdam.

The ministry intends to conduct experiments with variable speeds dictated by the volume of traffic. They hope to create a system which will lead to improved air quality as well as a better flow of traffic. If successful, it will be introduced nationwide.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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