Speed - How is the speed limit determined in the Netherlands?

There is no laid down system in Netherlands to determine the speed limit on a road or road section. The function of a road and the location in urban or rural areas are the most important factors. In addition, particularly on motorways, a combination of accessibility, flow, the environment and safety play a role. When only road safety would be the starting point, the limits would be significantly lower (Wegman & Aarts, 2006). Table 2 shows the safe speeds for a number of road types and potential conflicts, where 'safe' means that 90% of the collisions that would occur at that speed, would have no serious injury.

Table 2. Safe speeds for some road types and potential conflicts (adapted from Tingvall & Haworth, 1999).



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