Changes in motorway speed limits for buses, coaches and HGV

The DfT has released proposals to alter the rules and speed limits on large vehicles using the motorway

Currently there is confusion as to what the speed limit should be for large vehicles which is further compounded by newer vehicles being fitted with speed limiters. Newer heavy goods vehicles that have a speed limiter fitted are restricted to 56mph, while passenger vehicles with more than 8 seats are restricted to 62.5mph. Vehicles of these types that are older and do not have automatic speed limiters fitted can drive up to 70mph and in the right hand lane of a motorway. The proposals are to set the limit to 65mph for any passenger vehicle with more than 8 seats and to 60mph for HGV vehicles. In addition HGV between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes and any passenger vehicle with more than 8 seats will be prohibited from using the fast lane on motorways.

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