Amsterdam is preparing for a new speed limit of 30 km/h. This will come into effect on most Amsterdam roads from Friday, December 8. Anyone who still drives 50 km/h can receive a fine that is higher than if you drive through a red light.
As of today, the municipality of Amsterdam will place approximately 4,400 traffic signs stating the new speed limit of 30 km/h. The reduction should make traffic safer. The municipality expects 20 to 30 percent fewer accidents. The braking distance is shorter and the field of vision wider, according to policymakers.
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A small bright spot for those who are always stuck in the Amsterdam city center: the municipality hopes that the flow will also improve. Obstructive measures such as high speed bumps are applied as little as possible. 'We are careful with thresholds', as the municipality puts it.
From December 8, you will only be allowed to drive at 30 km/h on many Amsterdam roads. This will take some getting used to for many drivers. Anyone who drives 50 km/h must take into account a hefty fine. For example, if you drive at 54 km/h, that is already 24 km/h too fast. There is still a measurement correction of 3 km/h. Please do not exceed 21 km/h. And then you have to 312 euro tap out. Ka-ching! If you drive through a red light, it will be cheaper (280 euros).
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These amounts do not include the 10 percent increase that the government will implement for speeding violations as of January 1, 2024. Then that 312 euros suddenly becomes more than 350 euros, including administration costs! Even if you stick exactly to the old speed limit (i.e. 50 km/h), you have to pay a lot of money. Then the fine amount is still a hefty 242 euros. The image below shows which roads you are only allowed to drive at 30 km/h (blue). Red is 50 km/h.
There is also good news: in addition to the installation of the new traffic signs, certain things will also be removed, such as as many lines as possible. That looks clearer and causes less confusion, according to Amsterdam. The municipality says that enforcement is not the most important way to keep people at the new speed limit. 'If one person keeps to 30 km/h, the driver behind him cannot go any faster. This is how we help each other.' Oh, sweet.
Source photo: Municipality of Amsterdam
This post was last modified on October 2, 2023 12:15 pm
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