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Speed limits

Speed limits are for your safety. They are the safest maximum speed to drive at in the best conditions and it is vital for motorists to know what the speed limit is for the road they are on in relation to the vehicle they are using.

It is the driver's responsibility to be aware of the signs and drive within the prescribed maximum speed.

 
Who sets the speed limit?

The local authority set the speed limit depending on the condition and circumstances of any particular road in their area.  If the speed limit has been lowered it is because of the local conditions and for everyone's safety.  In the case of trunk roads and motorways the speed limits are the responsibility of the Highways Agency. 

It is the responsibility of the driver to be aware of the signs and road conditions and drive responsibly and in all circumstances within the prescribed maximum speed.

 
The speed limits

This table below shows the maximum speed limit.  However, your speed should vary according to the prevailing conditions.

It's possible for a road in a built up area to have 40 mph limit BUT this will be signed in accordance with road traffic regulations. It's equally possible that there will be areas where the 60 and 70 mph limit will be set lower.

 

Type of  vehicle 

 
Built up area 
Single Carriageway 
Dual Carriageway
Motorway
Cars/Motor cycles 
30*
60
70
70
Cars towing Caravans or trailers
30*
50
60
60
Buses and coaches - not exceeding 12 metres in overall length
30*
50
60
70
Buses and coaches - exceeding 12 metres in overall length
30*
50
60
60
Goods Vehicles -not exceeding 7.5 tonnes max. laden weight
30*
50
60
70#
Goods vehicles -exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight
30*
40
50
60

 * If there are no signs it can be assumed that in a built up area with street lighting the limit is 30 mph. 

# 60 mph if towing a trailer.
   
These are national speed limits and apply to all roads UNLESS OTHERWISE SIGNPOSTED.
Every year inappropriate speed kills or injures over 100,000 people... Know your limits.
 

 

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