The government is to clamp down on antisocial driving in an effort to cut road deaths from 800 to 500 a year.
Transport minister Camiel Eurlings told the AD that the target was tough but ‘if we make it, it will be a world-beating performance’.
Top of the list to be tackled are road hogs, the minister said. People breaking the speed limit by 30 km per hour on ordinary roads or 40 km per hour on motorways will automatically lose their licences.
Drivers who tail other traffic too closely will also be banned from driving.
‘They have to understand we will not accept it,’ Eurlings said. ‘So we will remove them from the roads.’
Eurlings also plans to breath new life into traffic lessons at primary schools and to improve standards of cycling. ‘It is quite unbelievable but lots of children just can’t ride a bike properly,’ the minister told the AD.
The Dutch road death rate is one of the lowest in Europe – only Malta has fewer deaths per head of the population, the AD says.
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