Due to the summer temperatures, the so-called heat protocol from Rijkswaterstaat is back in effect in parts of the Netherlands on Saturday. In Overijssel, Gelderland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg stranded drivers are helped directly by a recovery company, the organization reports.
Everyone who ends up along the highway in these provinces with a breakdown is taken to a "place with care" by Rijkswaterstaat. That can be a gas station, or another place where there is shade and drink.
"Even drivers of vehicles that are not normally towed away by us, because they are in a safe place, are now being helped", explains a spokesperson for Rijkswaterstaat.
Rijkswaterstaat thinks it is "undesirable" that stranded road users would have to wait a long time for a recovery service at high temperatures in the sun. The measure applies until 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The organization advises road users not only to bring enough drink before they go out, but also an umbrella: it can serve as a parasol if someone has to wait for a salvage operator or road inspector behind the crash barrier.
Rijkswaterstaat is currently the only organization that takes heat measures: the National Heat Plan is not in force and the KNMI has not issued a heat warning. The maximum temperatures are between 27 and 31 degrees on Saturday, the clouds will increase later and a (thunderstorm) shower may occur in the evening.
See also: Weather forecast: Sunny start with a later chance of thunderstorms in the east
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