LOWERING THE HIGHEST LEGAL SPEED LIMIT FROM 110 TO 90 KM/H DURING SUMMER 1979 (SAENKNING AV HOEGSTA TILLATEN HASTIGHET FRAN 110 TILL 90 KM/H UNDER SOMMAREN 1979)

Because of uncertainty in the oil market in the spring of 1979 and reduced access to oil and petroleum, the Swedish Government reduced the speed limit from 110 to 90 km/h during the period 6/21-10/15/1979. Investigations have shown that the average speed of passenger vehicles on motor highways declined from 107 to about 95 km/h during August but increased to about 100 km/h in Sept-Oct. On ordinary highways the average speed declined from about 97 to 90 km/h. On roads limited to 90 km/h, however, the average speed of passenger vehicles declined during the period from 89 km/h to 87 km/h. This reduction has meant a savings of 12 to 29 million liters of gasoline during the period. The 12 million figure applies to roads where the 110 limit formerly applied. The 29 million figure assumes that the lowered 110 limit has reduced speeds on 90 and 70 km limit roads. On an annual basis this would mean a saving of between 39 and 88 million liters, or 1-2 percent of the nation's gasoline consumption.

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  • Accession Number: 00346213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VTI-190
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Jan 29 1982 12:00AM