Are you aware of the speed limits?

As you’ll no doubt be aware, speed limits for HGVs were increased on the 05th April 2015 in England & Wales. Trucks over 7.5 tonnes can now travel on single carriageway roads at a maximum of 50mph, and on dual carriageways at a maximum of 60mph.

These changes do not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland where the limits haven’t changed and remain the same. The increased limits on single carriageway roads were welcomed by the industry as a common sense move. The higher speed limit will lead to fewer frustrated car and van drivers attempting dangerous overtaking manoeuvres, cut congestion and save road haulage firms £11m a year claims Transport Minister Claire Perry.

A recent survey conducted by road safety charity Brake and insurer, Direct Line, suggests that it may well save lives. 80% of respondents said that at some time, whilst driving, they’d felt threatened by dangerous overtaking – and had to take avoiding action.

Checking your drivers' licences“Hopefully the increased speed limits will reduce journey times for all drivers and make our roads safer. But whenever we’re behind the wheel we need to be aware of our speed and safe stopping distances in all types of weather,” says John Keelan-Edwards, director of Driver Hire Training. “As well as reducing the risk of an accident, defensive and courteous driving has an additional benefit – it’s more fuel-efficient too.

Not being aware of the correct speed limits can result in points on a driver’s licence – or worse, a ban. This is just one of the reasons that it is an employer’s legal responsibility to make regular checks on the licence of workers who drive as part of their job.

What are the National Speed Limits for each type of vehicle?

Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
  • Motorway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles when towing caravans or trailers.
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
Motorhomes or motor caravans (not more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight)
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
  • Motorway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
Motorhomes or motor caravans (more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight)
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
Buses, coaches and minibuses (not more than 12 metres overall length)
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
Buses coaches and minibuses (more than 12 metres overall length)
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 70 mph (112 km/h)
  • Motorway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
Goods vehicles (not more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorway – 70 mph (112 km/h) or 60 mph (96 km/h) if articulated or towing a trailer
Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in England and Wales
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorway – 60 mph (96 km/h)
Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in Scotland
  • Built-up areas – 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Single carriageway – 40 mph (64 km/h)
  • Dual carriageway – 50 mph (80 km/h)
  • Motorway – 60 mph (96 km/h)

Using an online licence check system (such as dh Licence Check) to conduct regular checks will instantly highlight any issues, which means employers can be sure the drivers’ they have out on the roads are fully compliant with the law.

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