Netherlands cuts speed limit to curb emissions

epa07992876 Traffic signs with the speedlimit of 100 kph are manufactured at Visser company in Assen, the Netherlands, 12 November 2019 (issued 13 November 2019). The Netherlands are to introduce a new general speed limit of 100 kph on its national motorways. It will apply between 6am and 7pm. EPA-EFE/Vincent Jannink

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The Dutch government will reduce its national speed limit as part of a package of controversial measures to cut emissions that have sparked mass protests from the country’s farmers.

Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister, said on Wednesday that his coalition government had taken the “rotten” choice to reduce the speed limit on motorways to 100km per hour during daytime hours — one of the lowest in the EU — and slash nitrogen emissions from livestock to meet national pollution targets.

The speed limit reduction marks a significant climbdown for Mr Rutte’s centre-right VVD party which pioneered a rise to 130km/h in 2012 and has been traditionally known as a party of car-owning voters.

The VVD is known in the Netherlands as the “Vroom Vroom” party. The existing 130km/h maximum will continue to apply from the hours of 7pm to 6am.

 

Via The Financial Times

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