Plans for increase in Dutch speed limit
The government is planning to increase the speed limit on some motorways in the Netherlands. Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen has told MPs that experiments on increasing the limit from 120 to 130 kilometres per hour on some roads will begin as early as March.
The minister refused to say which motorways she thought might be included in the tests. She explained that the choice depended on noise pollution and environmental issues.
The minister didn’t think the measure would cut journey times but explained that it was designed to appease motorists. “I’m sure many of you have had the experience,” she told MPs. “You’re travelling in the middle of the day or in the evening. It’s not all that busy, but you can only do 120. Many car drivers can’t understand that.”
Ms Schultz van Haegen said the government wanted to make better use of the roads and cut traffic jams. Two of the options being considered are opening rush-hour lanes throughout the day and the introduction of tolls on some roads.
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