Transport Ministry vans get speed limiters

19th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 June 2006, AMSTERDAM — Drivers of 17 delivery vans operated by the Transport Ministry will have no trouble in sticking to the speed limit on the motorway for the next seven months.

19 June 2006

AMSTERDAM — Drivers of 17 delivery vans operated by the Transport Ministry will have no trouble in sticking to the speed limit on the motorway for the next seven months.

The vehicles are among 120 vans belonging to various organisations and companies selected to test drive a limiting device that will cap their speed at 100 kph.

The limiters are integrated into the vehicles' speedometers and will help the drivers keep to the appropriate limits on both the highways and in urban areas.

Transport Minister Karla Peijs launched the trial which will run to January 2007 on Monday. The test flows from an agreement between the Minister and the transport organisations EVO, TLN and KNV.

Peijs hopes to reach a voluntary agreement to avoid the need to impose a legal requirement for speed limiters in delivery vans.

The trial period will illustrate the effect such limiters have on traffic safety as delivery vans are relatively often involved in accidents. The percentage of accidents involving delivery vans has been on the increase in recent years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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