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Afternoon traffic on the A4 near Rotterdam
Sep 17 '19 09:00

Passenger car use is on the rise in the Netherlands, with drivers using the vehicles to travel a record 121.4 billion kilometers in 2018. Electric vehicles accounted for just 0.5 percent of the total, with petrol vehicles used the most followed by diesel then LPG models, said national data office Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

There were twice as many all-electric vehicles on the roadways in 2018 compared to a year earlier, which accounted for a doubling of that category’s driving distance.

Emergency services at the scene of an accident on the A73 highway, 13 Sept 2019
Sep 13 '19 10:45

Two people were killed and three others were hurt Friday morning when a van collided with a signpost along the A73 highway. No other vehicles were involved in the rush hour crash which took place at 8:10 a.m., according to local media outlet 1Limburg.

Authorities are trying to figure out how the vehicle ended up on the outside of the guardrail that borders the highway’s shoulder. There, the vehicle collided with the structure announcing the approaching exit for Belfeld, Tegelen, Nettetal, and parts of Venlo.

Driving through a tunnel
Aug 19 '19 12:40

The Maas tunnel in Rotterdam is open again in both directions after two years of renovations. During the work, the tunnel was closed in the direction of Rotterdam-Zuid. Since 6:00 a.m. on Monday morning, traffic can fully use the tunnel again, NOS reports.

Laughing gas canisters
Aug 12 '19 12:50

The number of traffic incidents involving laughing gas is skyrocketing, the Dutch police said in a statement. "We see people making dangerous maneuvers in traffic because they are filling up a balloon or have one in the mouth", police inspector Paul Broer said. "Even thought the effect of laughing gas is short-lived, it has a direct effect on driving ability."

30 km/h speed limit road sign
Jul 19 '19 14:20

People caught speeding in France risk having their driver's license confiscated. This happens to around 100 Dutch per year, caught driving at least 50 kilometers over the speed limit, broadcaster BNR reports based on figures requested from the French Interior Ministry. In 2017, a total of 104 Dutch speeders had their licenses confiscated in France.

According to the strict French penalty point system, people caught speeding can receive up to 6 penalty points against their license, depending on how fast they were going. This is enough to result in a 3 year driving ban. 

Schiphol Airport passengers
Jul 12 '19 12:50

School's out for summer in northern Netherlands on Friday and that means crowded airports and busy roads. Friday is a peak day for both departures and arrivals at Schiphol, and the airport is therefore expected to be very busy. Sunday is another peak day for departures, according to the airport. 

After Friday, the arrivals at Schiphol will taper off somewhat. Saturday's departures is also expected to be very busy. 

Airplane arriving at Schiphol Airport
Jun 28 '19 09:24

People who live near Schiphol airport are regularly exposed to increased concentrations of ultra-fine particles in the air, which can have an effect on their health. On days that the wind blows from Schiphol, children with respiratory diseases show more symptoms and more often have to use their medication, according to the interim results of a study by public health institute RIVM, Utrecht University, and the Amsterdam academic medical center AMC. 

Car share parking
Jun 14 '19 09:28

Almost half of Dutch are willing to consider exchanging their car for a Mobility as a Service subscription, according to a study by PanelWizard commissioned by ABN Amro among a thousand Dutch people. But for this to be a viable option, the supply of shared cars, bicycles and scooters must increase considerably, the bank concluded AD reports.

Traffic builds up towards Schiphol's departures, 18 Jan 2018
Jun 12 '19 10:23

Implementing a new road tax that will charge motorists for each kilometer they drive is one of the suggestions the 24 members of the Mobility Alliance made in their Delta Plan Mobility. The 70-page long document contains multiple proposals that should ensure that traffic in the Netherlands can keep moving in the coming years. Other proposals involve constructing more bicycle paths and and so-called transport hubs, NOS reports. 

Jun 10 '19 11:50

Travelers' association ANWB expects busy roads in the Netherlands on Monday due to returning holiday makers, a number of events, and rainy weather. Traffic will start piling up around noon, according to the ANWB.

Many Dutch spent the Pentecost long weekend away. In the Netherlands, along the coast, the Wadden islands, and the Veluwe were popular destinations, according to RTL Nieuws. Germany, Belgium and France also drew many Dutch tourists for the holiday weekend. 

Traffic in the rain
Jun 7 '19 08:54

Road users must take an extra busy evening rush hour into account on Friday afternoon, according to travelers' association ANWB. In addition to stormy weather set to hit the Netherlands in the afternoon, many people are also expected to hit the road to spend the Pentecost long weekend elsewhere.

Jun 4 '19 14:50

Motorists in The Hague face the most delays due to traffic jams in the Netherlands, according to calculations by navigation system maker TomTom. In The Hague, motorists on average have to take 28 percent extra travel time into account, Hart van Nederland reports.

That means that a trip that should take an hour, on average takes Hague motorists an hour and 17 minutes. During evening rush hour, a one-hour ride takes almost 40 minutes longer. In one year, the average motorist in The Hague loses 130 hours in traffic.

vrouwenpolder
Jun 3 '19 08:29

Sunday was both the first national tropical day of the year for the Netherlands, and the hottest June 2nd ever measured in the country. Temperatures at the national weather station in De Bilt climbed to 30 degrees at around 4:00 p.m., breaking the previous record of 29.5 degrees dating from 1947, according to Weerplaza.

Many Dutch decided to make use of the warm weather by going to the beach, leading to many traffic jams. People heading to the beach quickly became stuck in traffic on the A20 towards Hoek van Holland and the N201 towards Zandvoort early on Sunday, NU.nl reports.

May 30 '19 07:57

Where a nationwide public transit strike only resulted in somewhat busier-than-usual evening rush hour on Tuesday, the prospect of a long weekend caused the busiest evening rush hour of the year on Wednesday. According to travelers' association ANWB, at its peak there were over 1 thousand kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads on Wednesday evening, NU.nl reports.

Bikers in the Amsterdam IJTunnel
May 28 '19 16:06

As a national one-day public transit strike was almost halfway finished in the Netherlands, traffic was already beginning to pile up on highways in the Netherlands from 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Drivers jammed up nearly 450 kilometers of highways by 4:45 p.m., up from roughly 300 kilometers of traffic jams 40 minutes earlier, according to travelers' association ANWB.

A rainy day in Amsterdam
May 28 '19 07:32

The weather on Tuesday will be cloudy and wet throughout the Netherlands, according to Weerplaza. The roads are already busier than usual due to a nationwide public transit strike for better pensions, and the rainy weather is expected to exacerbate the problem.

Traffic
May 28 '19 07:11

A nationwide public transit strike means that more people are taking the car to work on Tuesday and an extremely busy morning rush hour is expected. By 7:30 a.m. there were already 300 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads. "It is twice as busy on the roads as usual around this time", the ANWB said, NU.nl reports.

May 27 '19 18:50

A nationwide public transit strike will cause major traffic problems on Tuesday, Dutch travelers' association ANWB warns. The strike is expected to bring almost all public transit across the Netherlands to a halt.

Apr 18 '19 08:29

Motorists can expect busy roads in the Netherlands on Thursday afternoon and evening. As the long Easter weekend starts, traffic jams will be longer and start earlier, public works department Rijkswaterstaat expects. The first traffic jams are expected to start forming around 2:00 p.m., NU.nl reports.

Scooter ban on a
Apr 5 '19 15:51

After years of city hall discussions and coy council debates with the national government, Amsterdam's ban against scooters using bike paths goes into effect on Monday. The new traffic rules stipulate that all scooter users, including those riding slower vehicles with blue license plates, will have to wear a helmet and drive on the street.
Scooter users violating the new rules will face a 95 euro fine, plus administration fees.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Mar 18 '19 07:32

Employees of various sectors are striking for better pensions and to freeze the retirement age at 66 throughout the Netherlands on Monday. The first and most disrupting strike was in public transit between 6:00 a.m. and 7:06 a.m. During that time no NS trains were running, as well as no trams, subways and buses in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam.

Mar 11 '19 10:40

Rain combined with strong winds resulted in traffic jams being "a lot longer than usual" during rush hour on Monday morning, according to the ANWB. The weather is also affecting air traffic. KLM canceled 67 flights on Monday. And both the airline and Schiphol warn travelers to take delays into account.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Mar 4 '19 07:38

Strong winds are blowing in the Netherlands on Monday morning, with gusts up to 90 kilometers per hour inland and 100 kilometers per hour along the coast. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. The winds are already causing problems in all forms of traffic.

Snowy garden in Amsterdam Oost, 1 Feb 2019
Feb 1 '19 07:54

A large part of the Netherlands is covered in snow on Friday. It is expected to melt away quickly, but will likely still cause problems during the morning commute. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for icy roads, applicable to the entire country. And NS is running fewer trains. 

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