Research backs higher Dutch speed limits

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Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is planning to raise the speed limit to 130 kilometres per hour as soon as she can wherever possible on Dutch motorways. At the moment, motorway speed limits vary from 100 to 120 kmph.

She has sent preliminary research results to MPs which show higher speed limits have almost no effect on air quality. She hopes to implement 130-kmph limits on at least one-third of Dutch motorways in the near future.

The minister is to open the first stretch of 130 kmph motorway, along the Afsluitdijk Enclosure Dam in the province of North Holland, on 1 March. Seven other stretches of motorway will be included in a trial of the new higher maximum speed.

Ms Schultz van Haegen says stricter checks to ensure that the new maximum is not being exceeded will show that “freedom and responsibility” go hand in hand.

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