Increased speed limit for HGVs announced

2nd December 2014

AA welcomes HGV speed limit increase

The Department for Transport has announced plans to introduce a new higher speed limit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) travelling on dual carriageways across the UK.

Set to come into force from April 6th next year, the law will change to allow HGVs to travel at up to 60 mph on roads with more than a single carriageway – rising from the current limit of 50 mph.

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."

It is hoped that by increasing the upper limit for HGVs on routes across the country, this change will have not only a positive impact on the bottom line for HGV operators – ensuring drivers are able to reach their destinations more swiftly and efficiently – it could also have a positive impact on road safety.

The current disparity in speeds between HGVs and regular road users has in the past led to many instances where members of the public have attempted risky overtaking manoeuvres as a result of their frustration at slower moving vehicles up ahead on the road.

However, with the introduction of this new raised speed limit for HGVs, it is hoped situations such as this will be far less commonplace in the years ahead.