Post-snowstorm calm returns to Dutch roads
7 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Relative calm returned to Dutch motorways on Monday after almost a week of slipperiness, delays and accidents.
7 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Relative calm returned to Dutch motorways on Monday after almost a week of slipperiness, delays and accidents.
Amid record snowfalls and cold temperatures, the alarm centre of the Insurers Assistance Service (VHD) received 1,750 more reports of damage than normal in the past week.
Dutch motorists association ANWB said it was kept extremely busy on Monday and Friday last week when an extra 150 road service vans were deployed to assist motorists.
The busiest day for the VHD was Wednesday, when about 1,000 motorists called for assistance. On a normal day, the service receives just 250 calls.
The pressure declined gradually after Wednesday, with 650 calls on Thursday, 600 on Friday and 450 on Saturday. There were "just" 300 calls on Sunday, on what is normally a quiet day, newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Monday.
The VHD estimated the total damage bill at EUR 6 to 9 million from Wednesday to Sunday. The service is responsible for first aid and calling in tow trucks to remove cars and stranded motorists as quickly as possible.
The ANWB received 6,235 calls for assistance on Monday (midnight till midnight) and 6.656 on Friday compared with an average of 3,500 per day.
The freezing temperatures on both days primarily led to problems with cars starting and frozen locks.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news