Climate change fight could mean end to 130 km/h speed limit

Road sign at a Dutch border crossing (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Monkeyboy1993). (Road sign at a Dutch border crossing (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Monkeyboy1993))

The PvdA is considering submitting a proposal the reduce the maximum speed limit of 130 kilometers per hour on highways in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions.

PvdA parliamentarian Jan Vos said this to the Telegraaf on Thursday, but added that this is not the first plan on his list of how to reduce greenhouse gasses.

This follows a recent ruling by the court that the Dutch government should do more to reduce greenhouse gasses. The Cabinet is currently considering whether or not to appeal. Coalition partner VVD is for appealing, while the PvdA is rather pleased that the government is being forced to reduce greenhouse gases further.

GroenLinks also thinks that the Cabinet should take immediate action to meet the agreed to CO2 emission targets. Parliamentarian Liesbeth van Tongeren told BNR that Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs must come up with a plan in which is "calculated how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by at least 25 percent by 2020".

According to her, appealing against this case does not meant that the government can refrain from taking action. "The PvdA you see hesitantly making some green movements, but the VVD is adamantly opposed. The wan to do nothing about transport, do nothing about aviation. But these measures will have to be taken."