The new speed limit, expected to be introduced in 2020, will be the joint lowest in Europe along with Cyprus.
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The Netherlands will cut daytime speed limits on motorways to 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour) to deal with a pollution crisis that has sparked protests by farmers, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Wednesday. The government is grappling with how to reduce emissions of nitrogen and ammonia after a court ruled earlier this year that its current policies breach European Union rules.
The new speed limit, expected to be introduced in 2020, will be the joint lowest in Europe along with Cyprus. Cars will be allowed to drive at the current limit of 130 kph only at night, between 1900 and 0600. “No one likes this,” Rutte told a press conference, saying it was a “rotten measure”. But he said it was needed “to stop the Netherlands from coming to a halt”.