According to the Wen Wei Po report, on November 13, local time, Dutch Prime Minister Lutte announced that in order to control nitrogen emissions, the maximum daily speed of most highways in the Netherlands will be reduced from 130 kilometers per hour to 100 kilometers from 2020.
As the Dutch government has been violating the EU's nitrogen oxides and ammonia emission limits for many years, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled in May 2019 that as many as 18,000 construction projects with excessive emissions were suspended, including highways and airports. , wind farms and residential projects. Some agencies estimate that if the construction stops, the value of the Dutch construction industry may be reduced by 8% by 2021, and as many as 40,000 jobs will be threatened.
In order to reduce emissions and resume construction as soon as possible, the Dutch government introduced a speed limit order. Under the new regulations, the Dutch highway will have a top speed of 100 kilometers per day, which is the lowest in the EU region along with Cyprus. However, between 7 pm and 6 am the next day, the maximum speed remains unchanged at 130 km/h. When Lut announced the news, he described the "no one likes" measure, but thought it must be taken to "prevent the Dutch stop."
The Netherlands has already introduced other measures to reduce emissions, including restricting farmers' farming and raising livestock, which has caused a rebound in the agricultural sector. The Dutch media believes that the authorities hope to prove to farmers through the speed limit order that all parties in the society must pay for the crisis.
The center-right LDP has its support for motorists, including the promotion of a national highway speed limit of 130 kilometers in 2012. Although the speed limit has been opposed by many members of the Liberal Democratic Party, in order to preserve the ruling coalition, Lute can only compromise with other parties concerned with climate change.
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