Japan to Test Speed Limit of 120 kph on 2 Expressway Sections


Tokyo, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--The National Police Agency said Wednesday that it will raise the speed limit on a central Japan section of the Shin-Tomei Expressway and a northern section of the Tohoku Expressway to 120 kilometers per hour on a trial basis.

The agency decided to raise the maximum speed after it was able to confirm the safety of driving at a top speed of 110 kph in the ongoing tests on the same two sections.

The 120 kph speed limit will be in place for at least one year to analyze how average running speeds and the frequency of accidents change and consider whether the maximum speed can be introduced on other sections or expressways.

The new limit will be introduced at 10 a.m. on March 1 (1 a.m. GMT) for the 50-kilometer-long Shin-Tomei Expressway section between Shin-Shizuoka Interchange and Mori-Kakegawa Interchange in Shizuoka Prefecture and the 27-kilomter-long Tohoku Expressway portion between Hanamaki-minami Interchange and Morioka-minami Interchange in Iwate Prefecture.

Large trucks will be excluded from the tests. Their maximum speed will stay at 80 kph.

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