Government Plans to Increase HGV Speed Limit
Plans to increase speeds for some HGV’s have been announced by the Government.
The current speed limit on single carriageways for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes is 40mph. Under the new proposals, this could be increased to 45mph or 50mph, with any change likely to affect around 280,000 vehicles.
The limit for smaller HGVs – between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes –is 50mph and this will remain unchanged.
The freight industry says a higher limit for the bigger lorries will help growth by improving journey times, cutting congestion and reducing.costs to business and the cost of goods people buy. It could also reduce the number of collisions caused by other road users overtaking slower-moving lorries.
Consultation on the proposals will run until February