Plans for increase in Dutch speed limit

2nd December 2010, Comments 3 comments

RNW

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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3 Comments To This Article

  • GerardSA posted:

    on 25th October 2011, 08:04:46 - Reply

    The British statistics support the fact that speed does not cause accidents and that speed law enforcement is a waste of time. If you do not trust your abilities at higher speeds, then drive at lower speeds. Accept, however, that your limitations are not those of all other drivers.
  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 3rd December 2010, 09:23:55 - Reply

    Ooooooh, wow, wow, and Oh wow!

    A whole 7 mph MORE than before!!!!!

    Oh, someone hold me down! Quick before I shoot through the ceiling with unchecked exhuberance, titillation, and outright super happiness!

    The Dutch Bureaucracy never cease to amaze me: they've got all the stupefying penchant of a German civil servant, mixed with the "I don't care what happens." melancholy of a French civil servant.

    Will wonders never cease?

    Cheers and happy driving with your new 7mph speed limit.
  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 3rd December 2010, 09:23:41 - Reply

    Ooooooh, wow, wow, and Oh wow!

    A whole 7 mph MORE than before!!!!!

    Oh, someone hold me down! Quick before I shoot through the ceiling with unchecked exhuberance, titillation, and outright super happiness!

    The Dutch Bureaucracy never cease to amaze me: they've got all the stupefying penchant of a German civil servant, mixed with the "I don't care what happens." melancholy of a French civil servant.

    Will wonders never cease?

    Cheers and happy driving with your new 7mph speed limit.