Let’s admit straight away: it’s not primarily the fault of the Ministry of Water Managementt2
and its civil servants, who gave birth to a remarkable document under the grand title of the National Highways Plan. The fault lies with the Act of 30 December 1926, which, apart from placing a large
number of well-deﬁned ﬁnancial obligations on the motor vehicle owner, failed to describe properly the duties of the state towards Dutch road users. Certainly, the layman will be impressed by a piece of legislation which gives the
appearance of completely regulating this subject. For the transportation engineer and the town planner, however, Article 33 of the ‘Act to raise taxes and take further measures for the beneﬁt of public traﬃc roads in the country’ is unacceptable. The legislation is worth quoting here, so that the car driver can take cognizance of
this oﬃcial humbug. It runs as follows:
1. Wet3, following hearing of the Provincial Executive, do hereby enact a National Highways Plan, comprising the existing roads and those yet to be built, which will constitute main thoroughfares for the long-distance traﬃc of motor vehicles. These roads are considered to include bicycle paths.