Dutch motorways to get lowest speed limit in Europe amid climate concerns
With climate change being one of the most talked about issues across the world at the moment, there’s a duty on the motoring community to reduce its emissions.
With that in mind, the Dutch government has taken the decision to reduce the national motorway speed limit. As of 2020, motorways will be limited to 100km/h during the day. Although it isn’t quite as simple as that – during night-time hours, when congestion is lower, the limit will be reverted to the current 130km/h.
According to the Dutch Prime Minister, the decision to lower the speed limit so drastically was “a rotten measure, but necessary.” He continued: “there's really something bigger at stake. We have to stop the Netherlands from coming to a halt and jobs being lost unnecessarily.”
In order to go forward with its plans to build 75,000 new homes next year, the country has been forced to cut emissions of nitrous oxide. In fact, Holland has been found to have breached an EU law that protects nature from gases that are produced by construction, the plane industry and cars.
Dropping to a 100km/h speed limit means the Netherlands now has the slowest motorways in Europe, alongside Cyprus.
What do you think? Is this is necessary price to pay in order to reduce emissions?