The government is about to increase the maximum speed limits on certain roads for HGVs. The change will apply to heavy goods vehicles which have a maximum laden weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes, (or, if drawing a trailer, aggregate weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes).
The change means that the current HGV limit of 50mph on dual carriageways will be increased to 60. Similarly, the current maximum limit for HGVs of 40mph on single carriageway roads will be increased to 50.
The changes do not affect motorway speed limits.
Although the changes have been in the pipeline for some time, the Department of Transport has still not said when they will take effect, although it is likely to be soon. In the meantime, the existing speed limits still apply. It will be interesting to see to what extent, if any, the new limits reduce vehicle journey times and operating costs.
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