Japan to raise speed limit for sections of some expressways for first time
Japan Times -- Jul 22
The National Police Agency (NPA) plans to revise traffic regulation standards to raise the speed limit on some sections of expressways from 100 kilometers per hour to 120 kph, it was learned Wednesday.

It would the first time for expressway speed limits to be raised in the country.

The new standards will be applied to sections of expressways that are designed to be safe even when used at 120 kph and have low accident rates. Large trucks will be excluded from the change and will continue to be required to drive at below 80 kph.

The change comes after trials conducted since 2017 found that the number of accidents did not change greatly when the higher speed limit was applied.

The speed limit change will potentially apply to the Tohoku expressway between the Hanamaki-Minami interchange and the Morioka-Minami interchange, the Joban expressway between the Kashiwa interchange and the Mito interchange, the Tohoku expressway between the Urawa interchange and the Sano Smart interchange, the Higashi-Kanto expressway between the Chiba-Kita interchange and the Narita junction, and the Shin-Tomei expressway between the Gotenba junction and the Hamamatsu-Inasa junction.

新東名高速道路などの一部で行われている規制速度引き上げの試験状況の結果を受けて警察庁は今後、一部の高速道路について時速120キロに引き上げる方針だと発表しました。  現在、静岡県の新東名高速道路と岩手県の東北自動車道の一部の区間では、規制速度を時速120キロに引き上げての試験運用が行われています。警察庁によりますと、これまでの試験運用の結果、平均的な車の速度や事故件数などに大きな変化はなく、警察庁は今後、交通規制の運用基準を改正して一部の高速道路で最高速度を120キロにする方針です。適用されるのは、交通事故が少なくカーブが緩やかに設計されているなど時速120キロに対応した道路で、新東名高速道路、常磐自動車道、東関東自動車道などの道路の一部区間が該当し、今後、標識の設置などを行ったうえで順次、引き上げるとしています。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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