New 130 kph speed limit will raise millions in petrol taxes

An increase in the national speed limit on most roads to 130 kph will generate an extra €50m to €100m in petrol taxes, the government’s environmental assessment agency is quoted as saying in the AD.


The agency says the higher speed limit will encourage motorists to drive faster and so spend more on petrol.
Transport minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is planning to spend €130m increasing the speed limit on 60% of the nation’s motorways from next September.
Traffic jams
Meanwhile, RTL news reports the minister and eight provincial councils have agreed to spend €1bn on a concerted plan to reduce traffic jams by 20%.
The plan will focus in particular on reducing the pressure of traffic on notorious blackspots, such as the A4, A10 and A12. The measures include widening roads, improved traffic information and other projects, RTL news reported.
Some €600,000 will come from the treasury, the rest from provincial council budgets.

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