New speeds limits for vans

#4
What about that is new? Caravans/trailors have always been limited to 60 - its just that they have felt free to ignore the rule because speed cameras dont know that you have a trailor attached.
 
#5
I'm more surprised dual-carriageway limit is 70; always thought it was 60, woo hoo!!!
 
#6
I agree, this is not news, this has always been the case.

Last year I got caught speeding and offered the awareness course instead of the points and fine, on the course I was amazed how many people didn't know the speed limits, especially the few professional van drivers on the course who where shocked by how many they didn't know.
 
#7
I agree, this is not news, this has always been the case.

Last year I got caught speeding and offered the awareness course instead of the points and fine, on the course I was amazed how many people didn't know the speed limits, especially the few professional van drivers on the course who where shocked by how many they didn't know.
Seems the OP might be one of those who didn't know as well.
 
#8
This thread goes a long way to explaining some of the bad driving habits I see daily. Excessively slow drivers on fast roads are almost as much of a hazard as excessively fast drivers on slow roads.

Quite how someone holds a valid driving licence without knowing the speed limits applicable to that class of vehicle is a mystery to me. I can understand it for very ancient drivers who took a test before the two part test came in (and perhaps that is enough reason for re-testing every so often) but I cant see how anyone who has taken a multi-part test recently can be unaware of something that fundamental.
 
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#9
Time for a requirement to have such information placarded in the cab where the driver has no excuse but to see them.
 
#10
I'd say most people would prefer a van to be doing 60 on a national speed limit single lane carriageway. It's luck of the draw if you get pulled for it. Generally if you are going with the pace of traffic on a motorway you are going to be OK unless someone didn't have sex the previous night.
 
#11
Vampire, I am inclined to agree. On single carriageway roads, a common speed limit for all vehicles would mean less congestion, delays and, most importantly for safety, overtaking.

But that is not what the law says and the different speed limits applicable are a very clear argument against policing by speed camera.
 
#12
Cloudbuster, a placard in the cab is a good idea but should not be neccessary. Professional drivers and HGV drivers in particular have no excuse for not knowing the relevant speed limits.
 
#15
I was aware of the limits for the vehicle(s) I drive, but wasn't aware HGVs were limited to 40 in single carriageways, I always thought it was 60+. Do the Police ever enforce the 40 limit?
 
#16
See my comments about speed cameras. When was the last time you saw a traffic cop enforcing speed limits.
 
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cloudbuster

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#17
Cloudbuster, a placard in the cab is a good idea but should not be neccessary. Professional drivers and HGV drivers in particular have no excuse for not knowing the relevant speed limits.
Bloke, I couldn't agree more. However, if commercial vehicles were required by Law to carry placarded speed restrictions, how much easier would it be for PC Plod and the Prosecutors to collect revenue?



Sorry, that should have read "prevent accidents".
 
#18
What about that is new? Caravans/trailors have always been limited to 60 - its just that they have felt free to ignore the rule because speed cameras dont know that you have a trailor attached.
Yes it has always been a 60mph maximum for caravans. To be quite honest, I don't think you want to go any faster when towing a caravan anyway. If it suddenly starts rocking from side to side at speed, you could be right in trouble.
 
#19
My rape va.. I mean motorhome is difficult enough to get upto 50mph let alone any faster, we could solve speeding if everyone had to drive vehicles with drastically underpowered engines (also ban turbos and superchargers)

My grey import bike (japanese home market import) had annoying little lights that lit up to let you know which speed limit you had just broken. It was handy to know that on the M1 I was exceeding all japanese speed limits. I was going to joke about needing such devices fitting in the UK (which of course would require another new law or 20) but won't just in case anyone takes it seriously.
 
#20
RGJ Bloke, A few years ago I saw exactly that. A caravan being towed at more than 70 started swinging and ended up dragging its car back and forth across all 3 lanes of a motorway before finally flipping and "exploding".

I am always very cautious when passing caravans travelling at speed and prefer to get past as fast as possible and leaving as much gap as possible.
 

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