Although the government has said it will increase speed limits for lorries over 7.5 tonnes from 40 to 50 mph on single carriageway rural roads, and consult on increasing the speed limit for lorries on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph, HGV drivers should not put their foot down just yet.
Speed Limit for HGVs
Outside built-up areas, the overall speed limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight is still 40mph on single carriageways, 50mph on dual carriageways and 60mph on the motorway.
Locally set speed limits can sometimes be lower.
Speed Limit for Goods Vehicles
For goods vehicles of not more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight, the limits outside built-up areas are 50mph on single carriageways, 60mph on dual carriageways and 70mph on the motorway, (or 60mph if articulated or towing a trailer).
Again, locally set speed limits may sometimes be lower.
If You Exceed the Speed Limit
With so many different limits, even experienced HGV drivers can sometimes exceed the speed limit for their vehicle without even realising. If you run into problems and need advice, we’re happy to help.
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