The Netherlands lead the pace 100


The Netherlands are the first country in Europe to set Tempo 100 at top speed on all their motorways. Although this is a "shitty measure", but the speed limit in view of the necessary reduction in the emission of nitrogen oxides is inevitable, said Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday. "Nobody likes that, but it's really about higher interests," the head of government said, according to the Dutch news agency ANP.

Ruttes right-wing liberal party VVD had a few years ago significantly made sure that in many places, the Dutch highway speed limit was increased from 120 to 130. Now it says on the website of the party: "We roll up our sleeves and pick up the nitrogen."

From when the new limit decided on Tuesday by the coalition government in The Hague should apply, was initially unclear. The Minister of Infrastructure, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, plans to present a concrete plan by the end of December, according to ANP. There should be exceptions from tempo 100 between 19 and 6 o'clock; but only for those sections of the motorway on which maximum speed 130 was allowed during the daytime.

The Dutch traffic club ANBW – a partner organization of the German ADAC – described the introduction of Tempo 100 as getting used to. However, 51 percent of respondents to ANBW survey polls described the measure to protect nature as positive – compared to 34 percent who rejected 100.

The reason for the turnaround is persistently high emissions of nitrogen oxides, which significantly exceed EU limits when measured across the country. The highest court and advisory body of the Dutch government, the Raad van State, had halted major construction projects in May, giving the government the choice to do more effective nitrogen oxide reduction or remove these projects – including thousands of homes, but also infrastructure like the extension of highways. During construction, too, nitrogen is released, for example by the excavation of the earth.

Rutte pointed out that compliance with nitrogen oxide limits is particularly difficult for the Netherlands. "This is a crisis for our country and for the government of unprecedented proportions," he told reporters. The causes include, according to experts, that the Netherlands is the most densely populated state in the EU after the island republic of Malta, and has few natural balancing areas or larger nature reserves where nitric oxide is mined.

J├╝rgen Resch, the federal managing director of the German Environmental Aid, commented on the speed limit in the Netherlands: "While the German Federal Government is the last civilized state to reject a speed limit and to introduce tax incentives for combustion engines up to three tonnes by 2031, the Netherlands is serious Effective measures to protect the climate and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions must finally cease: The German government has to set the example of the Netherlands and introduce a general speed limit on federal motorways and reduce the maximum speed to 80 km / h. " The German Bundestag had rejected in October a general speed limit of 130 km / h on motorways.


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