Speed limit for HGVs to increase

The speed limit on single carriageway rural roads for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes is due to increase from 40mph to 50mph.

The exact date on which the increased speed limit will take effect is yet to be confirmed; however it is anticipated to be implemented in early 2015.

Transport Minister, Claire Perry, announced the move following a public consultation as part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. 

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Lee Foulser


I am a Director in the Commercial Insurance team based in Manchester. I handle a wide range of complex and high-value matters for the firm’s leading insurer clients.