Thoughts from an active pensioner who is now somewhat past his Biblical "Use-by date"

"Why just be difficult, when with a little more effort you can be bloody impossible?"

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Motorway sped linits - Dutch Style

I'm rather intrigued by this item from DutchNews

"New 130 kph speed limit will raise millions in petrol taxes

"Thursday 01 December 2011
"An increase in the national speed limit on most roads to 130 kph (81 mph) 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."

A novel way to increase taxation income, I wonder what the Greens think about it?
Perhaps Osborne is hoping for the same results by increasing our motorway limit to 80 mph.

1 comment:

  1. The increase in the motorway speed limit is sensible. How often have we driven on empty motorways only to be restricted to 70mph in cars which are capable of doing more than twice that speed safely?

    It's about choice. Those who want to save juice will keep their speed low. Those like me who drive a wee car which gets around 50mpg at 75mph will be happy to stick to my mph although it's breaking the limit.

    The problem isn't speed, it's the fools who can't regulate their speed to the road conditions.