Maximum speed limit on Dutch roads 100 km/h starting Monday

Speed limit sign along a highway near Leiden, 11 March 2020
Speed limit sign along a highway near Leiden, 11 March 2020NL TimesNL Times

The maximum speed limit on all Dutch highways was reduced to 100 kilometers per hour as of Monday, March 16. Until Monday, the maximum speed limit was 120 km/h on some roads. This speed imit applies between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., according to travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat.

This measure was put in place in order to reduce emissions from road traffic, in an attempt to also reduce nitrogen emissions. The Dutch government has been scrambling to reduce nitrogen emissions since the Council of State declared its Nitrogen Approach Program invalid in 2019, bringing a large number of construction projects to a halt.

Reducing the speed limit cost a total of 19 million euros. 

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