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Old June 24th, 2016, 08:53 PM   #321
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In Spain overtaking in a single tube tunnel is not allowed. As for headlights I always use them even if in Spain it's not compulsory, and I often forget to turn them on if I'm not getting out of the garage.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 06:52 PM   #322
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also in the city and in the summertime ?
In Hungary is it only outside cities compulsory.
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Old June 27th, 2016, 01:30 AM   #323
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In Poland having the lights on is compulsory everywhere. Of course, you can use daytime lights unless it's dark, there is a heavy rain or you are in a tunnel.

Our speed limits sign is, unfortunately, one of the worst possible:



(the sign saying about compulsory lights is placed in different places around the big sign and it's usually bigger)

But the speed limits on highways are quite nice

Talking about overtaking in tunnels, it isn't officially forbidden in Poland. But we have almost no tunnels at all in the country. The only "real" one (such one through a mountain, not one built in a city to improve the traffic capacity) has been built in 2010 and it's 678 m long. And it is on a single-carriageway road, so overpassing there (except for, maybe, overpassing a motorcycle by a motorcycle, when both fit in a single lane) has been prohibited by a double solid line.

However, for example, in this tunnel (in Warsaw): https://goo.gl/maps/uANQrD3AEbr - the lines are dashed, so overpassing is allowed.

There is also the tunnel under the Dead Vistula river (Martwa Wisła), opened this year in Gdańsk - the longest tunnel in Poland as for now - overpassing is also allowed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E0-2n2tNMk

Actually, what would be a point of a double-carriageway tunnel, if overpassing was forbidden there?

So, talking about "single" tunnels... Apart from the mountain tunnel mentioned before, we have yet only one, in Warsaw (different than the previous one): https://goo.gl/maps/HPe65DVvhwN2 - and overpassing is also forbidden (as it would mean driving onto the public transport lane).

By the way, we also have a misconception that overpassing on bridges is forbidden - which is not true, at least in Poland. On bridges (and also in tunnels) it's forbidden to stop and to drive backwards.

Do any of your countries also have a different speed limit in the city during the night than during the day?
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Old June 27th, 2016, 03:41 AM   #324
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definitely don't have speed limits changing at night in Canada
But I love the 60 instead of 50 city limit at night... in Canada there are many 30 zones or especially now, 40 zones (where was once 50) in areas totally deserted at night...

Then again could end up like the road I used in Berlin once... daytime limit, 50. 19h - 07h tempo 30 (!) for noise issues. I was following the traffic, looked at speedometer, 80 it says
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Old July 12th, 2016, 10:54 PM   #325
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An old sign from Spain:

http://www.**********/stock-photo-a-...-89940547.html

(instead of the ********** write "alamy . com" (without breaks, of course))
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Old July 12th, 2016, 11:25 PM   #326
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Didn't know that Spain had max speed limit of 100 on motorways.
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Yes, until the late 1980s. AFAIK when general speed limits where first introduced (1970s) it was 130.

Otherwise this sign has a diagram explaining when is the speed limit 100 km/h in two-lane roads. This law is still in force today but signs at borders don't explain it so well . It's a dumb law anyway, it's not like you're going to measure the hard shoulder of the roads you drive on. Luckily these roads have 100 km/h signs everywhere.
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Old July 14th, 2016, 02:05 AM   #328
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Sign at the UK - Ireland border, entering Ireland



http://www.ukma.org.uk/problems-aris...nal-travellers
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Sign at the UK - Ireland border, entering Ireland



http://www.ukma.org.uk/problems-aris...nal-travellers
Those signs are the only way to tell when you cross the inner Irish border.
Standard European border crossing signs (small blue sign with yellow stars and big panel with road categories) are avoided there for political reasons (Catholics in NI don't want to accept that there's actually a border there).
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Old December 16th, 2016, 02:53 AM   #331
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... and Moldova, apparently from 2013:



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Are there any 110 km/h roads in Moldova?
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Probably M3 from Chișinău to Porumbrei. It is a four lane road with some interchanges.
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Finland has taken the ascetic Scandinavian way:



Those are the only general speed limits. The other ones are signed.

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Extra-urban 80 km/h limit is annoying for a country that size and low pop density, when even tiny Moldova allows 90. What is the reason for not at least 100 km/h? Long winters? Animals crossing? Environmentalists?
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Finland allows 100 km/h on select main roads during the summer and 80 km/h during the winter. Though it is reported that the amount of 100 km/h summer limits has been reduced in recent years. It would be interesting to know how many non-motorways allow 100 km/h in Finland.
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Extra-urban 80 km/h limit is annoying for a country that size and low pop density, when even tiny Moldova allows 90. What is the reason for not at least 100 km/h? Long winters? Animals crossing? Environmentalists?
Ontario, Canada has the same situation. MAX 80 extra-urban except for some particular roads (Trans-Canada Highway) at 90. Motorway is 100 but we drive 140
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Finland allows 100 km/h on select main roads during the summer and 80 km/h during the winter. Though it is reported that the amount of 100 km/h summer limits has been reduced in recent years. It would be interesting to know how many non-motorways allow 100 km/h in Finland.
This is the result from a quick-and-dirty query to my copy of the Digiroad database:



It includes non-motorway sections on the roads listed in the column headers. No ramps and those roundabouts having an own road number. For dual-carriageway roads, only the southbound half is included. The data is quite up-to-date: downloaded about one month ago. The unit is kilometers.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 01:38 AM   #339
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Motorway is 100 but we drive 140
Very similar to what I experienced in Japan, and quite different to Switzerland.
Over here, the 120km/h motorway limit is not bad for the country's size and geography (mountains, tunnels), but "limit is limit", and while excesses of 20km/h on it are common, 40 or more is rare (excess of 26km/h or more implies a mandatory court hearing).


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This is the result from a quick-and-dirty query to my copy of the Digiroad database:



It includes non-motorway sections on the roads listed in the column headers.
Does the "120" row in the table signify that the law as such would allow 120km/h limits be posted for these non-motorway sections (or even single-carriageway roads), even if currently no section is posted at 120?
(Would be similar to Italy where road code allows for signposting 150km/h on three-lane motorways under certain conditions, but no such sections are known so far)
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Does the "120" row in the table signify that the law as such would allow 120km/h limits be posted for these non-motorway sections (or even single-carriageway roads), even if currently no section is posted at 120?
No, 120 is for motorways only. The law says nothing about the maximum. The Ministry of Transport has to power to decide on the speed limits. No changes to rules expected, as the opinion of the Ministry is about the same as a law, in practice.

The row of 120 exists on the table because the my query returned total of 367 metres of non-motorway primary roads with a speed limit of 120, rounded to zero kilometers. Those spots seem to be coding errors in the base data. One 247 meter section of 3/18/E12 is coded as a 2+2 non-motorway and 120 meters of 7/E18 as a 1+1 road.
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