New 60 mph speed limit for HGVs
From yesterday (April 6), all lorries travelling on dual carriageways can now travel at 60 mph. The move falls in line with rises to speed limits in July 2014 for single carriageways – all previously set at 50 mph.
The rules governing HGVs have been modernised across England and Wales by Transport Minister Claire Perry with the hope lorry drivers now have speed limits that are better suited to a modern transport network.
Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “It is really important that speed limits for lorries reflect the needs of a modern transport network and improved vehicle technology.
“Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world and I am determined to ensure this continues. This change is about ensuring rules for lorry drivers’ speed limits are in line with other larger vehicles on our roads, creating a fairer and more proportionate system.”
The changes to speed limits will update previous regulation dating back to the 1980s.
Care for your fleet
Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries. Every year there are over 5000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed.
HSE have webpages dedicated to Vehicle & Transport Safety. This includes sections on Lift Trucks, including pages on repairs, training and thorough examination, People’s Safety including training, medical fitness to drive and managing visitors & contractors and Site Safety which includes traffic management and routes, driving surfaces and speed.