Speed Limit to Be Raised on Expressway Sections in Japan

Society

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Police Agency 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 is the first time for speed limits for expressways 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 is 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.

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