There are speed limits for differing classes of vehicles, and speed limits for differing classes of road. Where these differ the lower limit applies. For example, a seven tonne lorry is subject to a speed limit of 50mph on derestricted single-carriageway roads but on urban roads with a 40mph, 30mph or even (in some residential areas) 20mph limit it is always the lower road limit which applies. Similarly certain stretches of motorway are subject to maximum speeds of below 70mph. They are appropriately signed in all cases.
The table below indicates the speed limits for principal classes of vehicle.
If you have any legal or operational questions relating to vehicle speed limits please contact the Members Advice Centre on 0870 60 50 000 or email the Member Advice Centre
If you are an FTA member and have a query regarding this topic, or need more information, contact our Member Advice Centre
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