But what do the new regulations mean for the North?
The Dutch government announced a plan on Tuesday to reduce nitrogen emissions. An important measure is to introduce a maximum speed of 100 km on the motorways across the country.
The Netherlands is in the grip of a strong nitrogen emissions crisis: the amount of nitrogen in Dutch air an soil is even threatening nature reserves, according to the Remkes Commission, which was set up to look into the problem.
One suggestion by the commission has been adopted: the maximum speed will be reduced to 100 kilometers per hour. However, 120 or 130 kph can still be reached between 7 pm and 6 am, where it is already allowed during the day as well.
That is the most important nitrogen measure that the government is taking for the short term, sources report to the NOS. The measure is due to start early next year.
The cabinet is going to work out the plans further and wants to present them on Wednesday morning, said Prime Minister Rutte. He did not want to disclose yet what other measures they are.
The Groninger Internet Courant has calculated that this measure means that a journey by car from the North to Amsterdam will take a little longer. A ride from Groningen to Amsterdam will around take 25 minutes longer.
It will take 4 minutes longer to go between Assen and Groningen. Groningen – Maastricht? 45 minutes longer in the car.