Japan increasing speed limits on expressways

Japan is increasing the speed limits on a number of expressways.
Highway & Network Management / August 3, 2020 45 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
Japan will increase speed limits on certain expressways – image courtesy of © Woravit Vijitpanya, Dreamstime.com

Japan is to increase the speed limit for certain expressway routes. This represents a major change for the country, which has long had much lower speed limits on expressways than most other developed nations.

At present expressways in Japan have a speed limit of 100km/h. However, certain sections of the expressway network will now feature speed limits of 120km/h.

The change comes after a series of tests carried have indicated that raising the speed limit from 100-120km/h will not increase the incidence of crashes.

Only the safest expressway sections with the lowest crash rates will feature the new speed limits. Trucks will still be limited to a maximum of 80km/h however.

Approval will have to be given by the police and local government for each section of expressway to have a revised speed limit.