June 06, 2017

Do you know the van speed limits?


 

With new driving laws meaning that van drivers exceeding the speed limit could face fines up to £2,500, do you know the different van speed limits?

Van speed limits

Speed limits are important in keeping people safe on the roads, so what are the van speed limits? And how do they differ depending on the type of van that you are driving? Here are the figures you shouldn’t forget:

  • Built-up areas: 30 mph
  • Single carriageways: 60 mph
  • Dual carriageways: 70 mph
  • Motorways: 70 mph

So how do these differ from cars? In short they don’t! But these speed limits only apply if your van weighs less than two tonnes when it is fully loaded. If it does get heavier, you are bound to abide by the next set of restrictions:

  • Built-up areas: 30 mph
  • Single carriageways: 50 mph
  • Dual carriageways: 60 mph
  • Motorways: 70 mph

You should be able to notice a drop of 10mph on speed limits for single and dual carriageways. But what about if you’re towing a trailer?

  • Built-up areas: 30 mph
  • Single carriageways: 50 mph
  • Dual carriageways: 60 mph
  • Motorways: 60 mph

A drop of 10 mph on the motorway speed limit if you’re driving a van and towing a trailer. In short the van speed limits will be the same as those that a car has to abide by, as long as your van doesn’t exceed 2 tonnes.

There can be some confusion as to what category certain vans such as pick-up vans and crew vans fall into. By law these are viewed as dual purpose vehicles, which are defined as: “A vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and goods designed to weigh no more than 2,040kg when unladen.” Hence if the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is less than 2,040kg the same restrictions should apply to those of cars. If the GVW exceeds this figure, then you’ll have to abide by the second set of restrictions.

Make sure you know the limits, so you don’t face a hefty fine!

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