New HGV Speed Limit In England And Wales
The HGV dual carriageway speed limit will increase from 50mph to 60mph in England and Wales on April 6th 2015.
This follows recent confirmation that the limit for such vehicles on single carriageways will rise to 50mph in early 2015, rather than the current 40mph.
Improved Vehicle Technology
The change has partly been influenced by technological advances.
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.”
Benefits Of Higher Speed Limit
Higher limits could have several benefits.
Firstly, reduced journey times could enable hauliers to make more deliveries. That could increase profits.
Increased revenue for hauliers could boost government coffers via extra income tax, value added tax, and duty.
Secondly, enabling hauliers to travel at speeds more consistent with other vehicles could reduce the number of people tempted to overtake in dangerous places.
New HGV Speed Limit Concerns Road Safety Charity
But Road Safety Charity Brake is concerned.
Deputy Chief Executive, Julie Townsend, said: “Increasing the HGV speed limit on single and dual carriageways sets a dangerous precedent, sending a message that if traffic laws are persistently flouted the government would rather change them than get tough with the law-breaking drivers putting everyone at risk.
“This decision runs against work to more effectively manage traffic speeds and reduce casualties and emissions on our roads.
“As with the decision to raise the HGV speed limit on single carriageways, the government is making a leap of faith in spite of the legitimate concerns of road safety groups.”