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Quick change on Dutch freeways

2012-09-12 06:51

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Netherlands has raised the maximum speed limit on some of its motorways to 130km/h.

It's the first time in 25 years that the regular maximum permitted motorway speed limit of either 100 or 120km/h has been increased and it took effect in September 2012.

It applies to about half of the nation's motorway network.

HIGH-SPEED HIGHWAYS

The government said it hoped the higher speed would help speed up the traffic flow on the country's heavily-used high-speed highways. At 57.5km per 1000 square km, the Netherlands has the most dense motorway network in the European Union.

The move was criticised by the Dutch ANWB motoring club. It said the new speed limit applied on some sections of the motorway only after dark. This would confuse motorists, the club claimed.

Whatever, it will be interesting to monitor the change in accident rates - up or down - in the Netherlands over coming months. Especially as South Africa's Western Cape province is looking to reduce all speed limits.

DPA

Comments
  • fredster.mania.5 - 2012-09-12 07:55

    Yes please

  • leon.v.merwe - 2012-09-12 08:01

    See how things work in a civilised country......

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-09-12 13:14

      And yet the speed limit in the US is 100kph on the interstate highways. Parts of the Netherlands have legalized prostitution and marijuana. So, your argument of ZA being a less "civilized" country seems a little stupid.

      adam.wood.146 - 2012-09-12 13:14

      And yet the speed limit in the US is 100kph on the interstate highways. Parts of the Netherlands have legalized prostitution and marijuana. So, your argument of ZA being a less "civilized" country seems a little stupid.

      foral.lanon - 2012-09-12 15:27

      @adam.wood Actually, not. 75mph = 120km/h. Refer http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ready-set-go-texas-to-open-toll-road-with-85-mph-speed-limit-the-highest-in-the-us/2012/09/06/54091822-f887-11e1-a93b-7185e3f88849_story.html "Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph"

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-13 07:08

      @adam and yet the Dutch don't have a den of thieves that rape steal and murder in a TIK induced haze like the civilised gentlemen on the Cape flats??? Don't think you would know civilised if it stood on your porch and sang Kumbaya, and how civelised to call other opinions that differ from your's stupid??

  • pieter.dejongh.52 - 2012-09-12 09:48

    Come on News24, you're sooooo behind the times. I drive in Zeeland (a province of The Netherlands) regularly on business trips and they've had a 130km/h speed limit since the beginning of the year already.

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-13 07:16

      Lol now you taught me something I always thought NZ is a province of Australia?

  • chris.shield - 2012-09-12 10:58

    It should be set at 150 for cars less than 10 years old and 100 for trucks, buses and taxis but that would kill the golden goose...

  • riotousr - 2012-09-12 13:17

    Smoke any one?

  • thomas.rohde.31 - 2012-09-12 15:21

    Speed is not a problem, just look at the German Autobahn. With large sections that have no speed limit. There arnt more acidents than in SA.

  • croix.mactee - 2012-09-12 19:17

    I spent 3 whole months driving around Dutch and French roads - They are courteous and alert at all times. Well-controlled speed limits and law enforcement ensures smooth flow of traffic, despite overflowing roads. Their systems of speed monitoring and adjustment = excellent!

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-09-15 13:48

    Hallo Robin Carlise are you reading this? Plus 10kmph not -10

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