50 is the new 40
News has been given to the Road Transport Industry that the speed limit for trucks on single carriageways is to increase from 40mph to 50mph.
The announcement was made last week by WH Barley Transport and Storage’s Transport Minister, Claire Perry and the limit increase will take place in Wales and England in early 2015.
Described by the Department for Transport as ‘part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving’, claims it could also save the haulage industry £11m a year.
A six week consultation planning to increase the speed limits for HGV’s on dual carriageways from 50mph to 60mph has also been launched.
If successful, it would see this limit raised at the same time as single carriageways.
If this consultation is successful, it would see this limit raised at the same time as single carriageways.
Claire Perry said: “Britain has one of the world’s best road safety records and yet speed limits for lorries have been stuck in the 1960s. This change will remove a 20mph difference between lorry and car speed limits, cutting dangerous overtaking and bringing permitted lorry speeds into line with other large vehicles such as coaches and caravans.”