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NRC Handelsblad - Netherlands | Tuesday, November 10, 2015

130 km/h limit sends wrong signal before summit

The Dutch government has voted to raise the speed limit on more of the country's motorways from 120 to 130 km/h starting 2016. That's taking the country in the wrong direction, the liberal daily NRC Handelsblad criticises: "Four years ago [Transport Minister] Schutz introduced the 130 km/h speed limit the very day the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban opened. Now, shortly before this year's conference, she's increased this speed limit. That's poor style and sets a bad example. Such a move does nothing to help the EU reach its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. In addition the Volkswagen scandal has shown that cars emit considerably more pollutants than tests show. ... If the time has really come to put an end to arbitrariness [as formulated in the government's climate goals], we must follow our words with deeds."

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