Dutch government puts brakes on highway speeds, drops limit to 100km/h

The Dutch government has announced a plan to reduce speed limits on highways to 100 kilometres per hour during the daytime in an effort to curb nitrogen emissions. 

If the inner-speed demon in you is swearing, take a chill pill. You’ll still be able to drive at speeds up to 130 kilometres per hour between 7 pm and 6 am.

The plan is the latest and most important in an effort to curb nitrogen emissions, sources told NOS. By reducing emissions the government can move forward with its plan to build around 75,000 homes next year.

This would remove some pressure from the housing crisis plaguing the Randstad, with recent construction projects stalling or failing due to the nitrogen emissions.

What other plans have been announced?

After weeks of farmers protests, an agreement has been reached to implement enzyme-rich cattle feed so cows reduce their methane output by emitting less ammonia.

In the meantime, a plan to buy old, polluting cars has been scrapped, with sources concluding that the cost of the scheme would outweigh the benefits.

According to Prime Minister Mark Rutte, more plans to curb environmental impacts are in the works today and are expected to be announced tomorrow.

What do you think about the lowering of speed limits on highways? Is it a big enough step to curb the environmental crisis? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: Joey Kyber/Pexels


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Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺https://gallivantations.com
Sam has over six years experience writing about life in the Netherlands and leads the content team at DutchReview. She originally came to the Netherlands to study in 2016 and now holds a BA (Hons.) in Arts, a BA (Hons) in Journalism, and (almost) a Masters in Teaching. She loves to write about settling into life in the Netherlands, her city of Utrecht, learning Dutch, and jobs in the Netherlands — and she still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike (she's learning!).


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