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Speed limits in the Netherlands

Road sign on the German-Dutch border, indicating speed limits in the Netherlands as of August 2012.

The default speed limits in the Netherlands are 130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways (autosnelwegen), 100 km/h (62 mph) on national roads (autowegen), 80 km/h (50 mph) on regional roads (provinciale wegen) and 50 km/h (31 mph) on urban roads.[1] On September 1, 2012, the motorway default speed limit was raised from 120 km/h (75 mph) to 130 km/h (81 mph) ,[2] however, this applies to only 48% of all motorways.[3]

Additionally, lower speed limits may apply in speed zones. Motorways passing through urban areas are usually limited to 100 km/h and narrow regional roads may have 60 km/h (37 mph) speed limits. Starting in May 2002, 80 km/h zones have been introduced on some motorways that had daily traffic congestion and air pollution issues; however, most of these zones have been or will be abolished, with the exception of short stretches of the A20 ring road near Rotterdam and the A10 ring road near Amsterdam.

In urban residential areas, 30 km/h (19 mph) zones are found, as well as home zones (woonerven), in which vehicles must adhere to a walking pace (15 km/h (9 mph) is tolerated).[4] Contrarily, some four-lane urban arterial roads have a posted 70 km/h (44 mph) speed limit.

Unlike neighbouring countries such as Belgium and Germany, there is no minimum speed on Dutch motorways. However, only motorized vehicles capable of driving at least 50 km/h and 60 km/h are allowed to enter Dutch national roads and motorways, respectively.[5]

Speed limit enforcement is extensive on Dutch roads. This includes traffic enforcement cameras in urban areas and radar guns on national roads and motorways. Furthermore, fixed average speed checks (trajectcontrole), which were first introduced in the Netherlands, are now in operation on many motorways in the densely populated Randstad region.[6] In case of speeding, there is a legal speed correction of 3 km/h (3% if over 100 km/h) plus a fixed 3 km/h tolerance margin for posted speed limits up to 120 km/h.[7] For example, when caught at 107 km/h on a national road, one will be fined for exceeding the speed limit by 4 km/h. When driving at 106 km/h, no speeding ticket will be issued.

References

  1. ^ )"What are the maximum speeds for road traffic?"Wat is de maximumsnelheid voor het wegverkeer? ( (in Dutch). Rijksoverheid.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  2. ^ "Speed limit increase". Houseofrepresentatives.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  3. ^ )"Maximum speed increase"Verhogen maximumsnelheid ( (in Dutch). Rijksoverheid.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  4. ^ )"Home zone will display 15 km/h speed sign"Woonerf krijgt 15 kilometer per uurbord ( (in Dutch). Rijksoverheid.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  5. ^ )"What is the minimum speed for road traffic?"Wat is de minimumsnelheid voor het wegverkeer? ( (in Dutch). Rijksoverheid.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  6. ^ )"Fixed average speed check"Trajectcontrole ( (in Dutch). OM.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  7. ^ )"Margins and measuring corrections"Marges en meetcorrecties ( (in Dutch). OM.nl. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 


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