Industry News: DfT report suggests no adverse impact to raising HGV speed limits

Wednesday 9th November 2016

The RHA has welcomed the DfT’s first-year evaluation report findings on the HGV speed limit increases for England and Wales that came into effect last year.

Under the changes the single carriageway speed limit for vehicles over 7.5 tonnes rose from 40mph to 50mph from April last year. Dual carriageway limits increased from 50mph to 60mph at the same point.

The DfT has found that awareness amongst professional drivers of the changes is high, although this is not the case amongst the general public.

With a year's data it is too soon to make a firm conclusion but the department said that there is nothing to indicate that increasing the limits has generated more accidents.

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