Only 15 percent of Netherlands residents are stuck in traffic at least once a week, with most saying that they are much more likely to face difficulties during evening rush hour than in the mornings. The majority, 51 percent, only sporadically end up in a traffic jam. People in the Netherlands are also less and less annoyed by being stuck in traffic jams, defined as stop-and-go traffic that barely rises above 25 kilometers per hour.
Road users in large parts of the Netherlands are warned to be careful of icy roads on Monday morning. Thick fog may also reduce visibility and hinder traffic, especially in Limburg and Noord-Brabant. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Travelers' association ANWB expects morning rush hour to be busier than usual.
The ice on the roads is expected to melt away through the course of the morning. The fog should also dissipate by mid-morning, according to the KNMI. Motorists are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
Motorists who text with their phone in a hands-free holder are just as dangerous in traffic as drivers who text with their phones in their hands, according to a new study conducted in a driving simulator by the foundation for road safety research SWOV, an important advisor for the government, AD reports.
At least one person was killed, and 19 others were injured when dozens of cars rammed into each other on the A32 highway near Akkrum, Friesland. As dense fog reduced visibility in parts of the country to just five meters, Dutch infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat called on drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.
The trouble at Akkrum started just after 6:30 p.m. at marker 57.5. Firefighters, paramedics and police were all quickly dispatched to the scene. A trauma team was sent in a helicopter about 20 minutes later to assist the first responders.
The Netherlands has dozens of new rules, regulations, and laws coming into force on January 1, 2020. Of over four dozen major tax changes rolling out in January, we are putting the spotlight on ten changes that could have a real impact on the wallets and bank accounts of people living and working in the Netherlands.
With a new year comes a host of law changes, new rules, and regulations to be implemented in the Netherlands. The Dutch government is enforcing dozens of these new laws as of January 1, 2020. Every year, the NL Times does a roundup of these rules changes for non-Dutch speaking people. Here follows a summary of the main changes per category.
For 2020, the Dutch government categorized these laws into nine different sections. Click on each section header for a full article about each category's changes in the new year.
The number of passenger cars in the Netherlands increased by a factor of more than 200 since 1927, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Then there were 41 thousand cars in the Netherlands. This year the country counted 8.5 million passenger cars. Almost half of Netherlands residents own a car.
According to the stats office, the massive increase is related to the growing population, incomes, and commuter traffic, among other things.
The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Traffic and Transport:
As protesting farmers and construction workers caused traffic problems in multiple places in the Netherlands throughout the day, the expectation for evening rush hour looks pretty bleak. At 3:55 p.m. there were still 41 areas of traffic jams, affecting about 165 kilometers of roadway according to infrastructure authority Rijkswaterstaat.
"Dozens of fines were issued during the day and a multitude of tractors were removed from the road," police said in a statement.
Protesting farmers are causing quite a bit of traffic chaos in Netherlands on Wednesday morning. At Alkmaar, a group of around 80 tractors climbed onto the A9 highway towards Amsterdam - against the orders of the police.
Working from home is becoming increasingly common in the Netherlands. The number of people who work from home at least some of the time increased from 2.8 million in 2013 to 3.3 million last year. That is 37 percent of the employed workforce, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Wednesday.
Motorists must take longer travel time into account on Wednesday morning due to protests by farmers and construction workers. The construction workers are planning go-slow actions on Dutch highways and provincial roads. A court banned the farmers from blocking distribution centers, but other types of actions are planned.
This evening is Pakjesavond in the Netherlands - the evening on which Sinterklaas delivers his gifts. As a result, evening rush hour is expected to start earlier and be busier than usual, as many people leave work earlier than normal to get home on time, travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat warn.
Commuters throughout the Netherlands can expect thick fog along the roadways Thursday morning, and the reduced visibility was likely to cause problems throughout the morning at Eindhoven Airport. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the whole country except Zeeland and the Wadden Islands, with visibility falling below 200 meters in some places.
Governments, the car industry and experts are so focused on the future of self-driving cars that little to no attention is paid to already existing advanced driver assistance systems. As a result, cars are allowed on the road with such systems that are not yet fully developed, and drivers often don't know what these systems can and cannot do, leading to risky situations on the road, the Dutch Safety Board concluded in its two-year-long study into driver assistance systems titled Who is in control? Road safety and automation in road traffic.
Of all Europeans, Netherlands residents face the longest daily commute. No less than 30 percent of workers in the Netherlands spend 45 minutes or more on the road or public transport between home and work, according to research by Savills. "This is because of our crowded roads and trains", Erik Beekman, corporate housing advisor at Savills, said to BNR.
Fog is reducing visibility to less than 200 meters in large parts of the Netherlands on Monday morning. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning. Road users are advised to drive slowly and keep a safe following distance.
The warning is in place for the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Noord-Holland, Limburg, Noord-Brabant, Utrecht and Gelderland. The fog should dissipate by around 9:00 a.m.
The Dutch government is pushing over a billion euros into improving accessibility within the Netherlands. Schiphol Station will undergo major renovations for 237 million euros, and a high speed train line will soon link the northern cities of Leeuwarden and Groningen with the rest of the country, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management said in a letter to parliament.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for the entire Netherlands, except the Wadden Islands. Commuters are warned to be careful of icy roads and thick fog during morning rush hour.
Areas that had rain overnight will have a good chance of icy and slippery roads. "All traffic participants can be hindered by this. Adjust your driving behavior", the KNMI warned.
In the northeastern and central parts of the country fog can reduce visibility to less tan 200 meters. Motorists are advised to adjust their speed and keep a safe following distance.
The Netherlands business community suffered 1.4 billion euros in damages last year caused by trucks being stuck in traffic jams, according to a study by Panteia on behalf of business association Evofenedex and Dutch transport and logistics organization TLN, RTL Nieuws reports.
At 1.4 billion euros, the traffic damage in 2018 was 5.6 percent higher than the year before. The largest portion of these damages, 26.1 million euros, came from the daily traffic jams on the A4 between the Burgerveen junction and the Prins Clausplein junction.
Traffic piled up on Dutch roads even before morning rush hour started on Tuesday morning. By 8:00 a.m. there were 172 traffic jams covering 862 kilometers throughout the Netherlands, according to travelers' association ANWB.
Accidents on the A2, A58, A1, and A28 highways contributed to the pileups on Tuesday morning.
A power outage affected the entire island of Curacao on Monday. The power went out at around 9:15 a.m. local time. Nine hours later, some parts of the island were getting power again, including the hospital in Otrobanda and hotels along the coast, NOS reports.
According to electricity supplier Aqualectra, the outage was caused by a fire in the power plant on the site of the Isla oil refinery. The fire caused a short circuit, which affected the island's entire electricity network.
The roads across the Netherlands were jammed up more than usual just before the Tuesday morning rush hour was underway. There were local reports of fog in several parts of the country, as well as rain and scattered showers in several provinces.
A rough rush hour was likely on the roads both Tuesday morning and at the end of the workday, according to infrastructure agency Rijkswaterstaat.
The construction work done in Amsterdam Zuidas over the weekend was completed during the early hours of Monday morning. Parts of the A10 and A4 highways that were closed for the work, reopened slightly earlier than the planned 5:00 a.m. on Monday.