The maximum speed on Dutch motorways limited to 100 km / h?
Is that bad?
The maximum speed goes down on all motorways in the Netherlands during the day. Between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm you are not allowed to go any faster than 100 km per hour. In the evenings you can only go faster on the roads where a maximum speed of 120 or 130 km per hour now applies.
Less emissions good for people, the environment and construction
Reducing the maximum speed is an important temporary measure for the cabinet to reduce nitrogen emissions and thus make construction projects and therefore newly build houses possible. Is it strange that electric cars also have to participate? But if they drive faster, they also consume more battery energy, so more CO2 and nitrogen from the power plants, which are not yet running on 100% renewable energy. Less emissions, that's good news for people and the environment.?
Just got used to 120 km
Exactly when the reduction will take effect is still unclear. The Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) wants to come up with a plan of action before December 1st. She says that the reduction cannot be implemented overnight. The speed reduction requires preparations, such as the installation of new road signs on the side of the road.
Road users must also be thoroughly informed in advance. In fact, it was really remarkable that The Netherlands only made the exact opposite movement in 1988 from 100 kilometers per hour to 120 kilometers per hour, and the argument at the time was that maintaining a driving speed of 100 km per hour required far too much police effort.?
Long-term temporary measure
In the future, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte states that the speed can be increased again, for example when the total fleet has become cleaner or if there are other source measures that have the same effect. He emphasizes that this cannot be expected in the short term. So maybe we can get used to the 100 kilometers per hour for longer.
Challenge to maintain 100 km
It will be a challenge to let everyone drive 100 kilometers per hour. But less speeding also has advantages. There are fewer traffic jams, considerably fewer car accidents and fuel consumption is going down in the Netherlands, which in turn is good for the wallet and the nitrogen load as a whole. And on which busy motorways in the Netherlands you can still drive 120 kilometers per hour? Try that in the Netherlands for example on the A2, A67 and A73 in the normal rush hour. Impossible!
Time saving minimal and clear
Moreover, if you have to go from A to B in half an hour, it often saves you only a maximum of 2 minutes in time as difference between 120 and 100 kilometers per hour on the stretch of motorway. And today it is not really clear on the Dutch motorways: here 130 km / h, then zones where you are allowed to drive 120 km / h during the day and 130 km / h from seven in the evening or only 100 km / h. Now it becomes nice and clear again, also during practical driving tests?.
Really only benefits
So with all these benefits, what are we actually concerned about? And before 1988 we didn't know any better. LesDirect argues that we should quickly continue to make the car more sustainable, to drive even more economically and later to even switch to hydrogen gas or electrically. Then we have a real solution for all problems!
Until then, just take it easy. That doesn't feel bad at all!?