The daytime speed limit on Dutch roads is to be cut to 100km/h in a bid to tackle a nitrogenoxide pollution crisis, according to cabinet sources widely quoted by Dutch media.
Details of the leaked measures are to be revealed soon, but reports say the existing limit of upto 130km/h would still be permitted at night.
The new limit is set to come in during 2020, public broadcaster NOS reports.
The crisis is so severe that big infrastructure projects have been put on hold. A ruling in Mayby the top court in the Netherlands on nitrogen oxide emissions affected thousands of plansfor roads, housing and airports.
The Council of State said Dutch rules for granting building and farming permits breached EU lawprotecting nature from emissions such as ammonia and nitrous oxide.
The government wants to build 75,000 homes next year, so for the past week the cabinet hastried to find a solution to cutting the pollutants. Among the options discussed was a ban onvehicles on Sunday.
Under the proposals, drivers would be allowed to revert to the current maximum between19:00 and 06:00.
Bringing the motorway speed limit down to 100km/h would make the Netherlands the lowest inEurope, on a par with Cyprus which has far fewer motorways.
The most common maximum speed limit in Europe is 130km/h while in the UK it is 112 km/h.
Last month, farmers reacted angrily to claims that intensive farming was partly to blame forthe emissions problem, after a report called for drastic measures to reduce livestock as well asaction on the roads.
Tractors caused the worst ever morning rush hour in the country as farmers argued they werebeing victimised.
One of the measures set to be announced is a plan to change livestock feed to include anenzyme that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from cows.