Rijkswaterstaat to cut back on breakdown movements

Wednesday 19 June 2013
Rijkswaterstaat bezuinigt op pechverplaatsingen Rijkswaterstaat is working to drastically reduce the number of breakdown movements on motorways. The measure is a way to save money. During the first quarter of 2013, recovery companies carried out 6,978 breakdown movements on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat. This represented a fall of almost 35% as compared to the same quarter in 2012, when 10,433 vehicles were moved.

In the event of a breakdown movement, a stranded vehicle that represents a risk to other traffic is removed from the road and transported to a location where repairs can be carried out safely. The costs for these orders are borne by the road manager. In 2012, the total costs for breakdown movements amounted to €4 million. In 2013, the amount is expected to fall to €2.5 million.

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