According to the traffic and transport plan act passed in 1998 (Planwet Verkeer en Vervoer) provinces in the Netherlands are required to translate national policies to their regional policies. Municipalities have to include the key elements of the provincial and national policy in their local transport policy. Provinces and municipalities often get subsidy from a higher-level authority. This financial incentive allows for much co-operation.
No doubt the car has come to a pivotal point with the prospect of 'driverless' and sharing cars rather than owning them. What they have in common is the more conscientious and efficient use of resources (materials, energy, time, infrastructure, the environment). In a recent interview Ford's Research & Advanced Engineering VP Ken Washington talked about what he sees as a defining factor.
A solar cycle path in Krommenie (Netherlands) has generated more energy than expected over the past six months, energy engineers have said.
In the first six months since the installation of the 70-metre-long path, it has produced 3 000kWh of electricity, equivalent to the annual use by a Dutch single-person household.
'If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than 70kWh per square metre per year,' said Sten de Wit, a spokesman for SolaRoad, the public-private partnership which developed the infrastructure.
Amsterdam has announced plans to become the first city in the Netherlands with fully electric bus transport by 2025.
The city's bus fleet, which currently runs on diesel fuel, will be gradually replaced with electric vehicles. A first batch of 40 electric buses will arrive on Amsterdam's streets in two years time, according to Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.
The ferry service connecting the city centre with the borough of Amsterdam-Noord will also be electrified.
Maastricht is trialling an electric bus with the aim of replacing its petrol- and diesel-fuelled buses with a fully electric fleet.
The EU's TEN-T Programme has committed over € 3.9m to a study and pilot for the development of alternative refuelling infrastructure on the main Dutch highways, in the form of greener and cheaper Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Bio Gas (LBG) service stations.
The VRUITS project, which is sponsored by the European Commission (DG MOVE), aims at providing recommendations regarding ITS applications for the improvement of the safety and mobility for Vulnerable Road Users. VRUITS assesses the societal impact of selected ITS applications and demonstrates the use of innovative ITS applications for VRUs.
A number of Dutch provinces and municipalities are investigating whether ‘rapid’ cycling is a feasible transport option for commuters.
The authorities in the Drenthe and Groningen provinces and the municipalities of Groningen, Haren, Assen and Tynaarlo are investigating whether a 30 km route between Assen and Groningen can be adapted to encourage motorists to switch to bicycles.
Four electric delivery trucks from Dutch freight company Cargohopper have saved 7 000 litres of petrol since they began operating in Amsterdam in March 2014.
‘We are pleased with this result,’ said Cargohopper director Ron Klein Tiessink. ‘So far it has proven a successful concept for Cargohopper and we may continue for years. Eventually, a second fleet and longer routes may be possible.’
The trucks have delivered over one million kilograms of cargo since they were launched. The estimated saving in CO2 emissions it thought to be approx. 18 400kg.