October 4, 2023

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Peters rejects Groen's proposal for 100 km/h on the highway: 'Drivers can decide that entirely for themselves'

Peters rejects Groen’s proposal for 100 km/h on the highway: ‘Drivers can decide that entirely for themselves’

Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peters (Open VLD) does not support Groen’s proposal for a general speed reduction of 100 km/h on Flemish motorways. “We will not have an anti-car policy.”

Opposition party Groen is proposing to introduce a temporary speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour on motorways during the day. “This is not only good for the wallet: by driving a bit slower we also ensure safer traffic, healthier air and less noise,” says Flemish parliamentarian Stijn Bex. This measure can save drivers about 0.7-1.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. “It’s good for everything and everyone, except for Putin.”

But Gruen’s proposal falls to Minister Peters. According to her, drivers are quite able to decide for themselves whether they want to drive differently: “Each road user is free to adapt his driving behavior to the so-called ecological principles of driving, such as shifting faster, accelerating less and braking with the engine, but I also want Speed ​​system Make sense.

According to Peters, highway infrastructure is often suited to speeds above 100 kilometers per hour. “Through the Roads and Traffic Agency, we are investing in dynamic signs above our highways, so they can indicate speed depending on conditions.”

According to Peters, a general speed reduction to 100 km/h was not included in the Alliance Agreement and the Flemish Climate Plan. So that won’t happen. And to be honest: I don’t think many Flemish people are waiting for this.

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