FTA backs HGV speed limit increase on single carriageway roads

FTA backs HGV speed limit increase on single carriageway roads

“Many motorists do not understand that the limit for lorries is only 40mph and this can lead to frustration and on occasion risky overtaking.”

Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has voiced its support for today’s announcement that the HGV national speed limit on single carriageway roads will increase from 40mph to 50mph.

The government decision follows a public consultation to which FTA contributed and states that in early 2015 the national speed limit for heavy goods vehicles of more than 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways will increase.

FTA said that this decision supports an improvement in road safety by reducing the 20mph differential between HGVs and other road users, as the changes will allow UK roads to be used more effectively and safely on single carriageway roads.

Commenting on the announcement, Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, said:

“FTA strongly supports this decision as we believe there is evidence confirming that road safety will be improved if the differential between HGVs and other road users is reduced. Many motorists do not understand that the limit for lorries is only 40mph and this can lead to frustration and on occasion risky overtaking.”

The current speed limit was introduced in the 1960s – since then lorry technology has advanced considerably. The change will modernise an antiquated restriction, which is not matched in most other European countries.

Mr Bingham continued:

“This decision will allow changes to enable our roads to be used safely, and will save time for hauliers resulting in an economic benefit which has been estimated as being worth £11 million a year across the freight and logistics industry.”

The change will be implemented via a change in the law to be put to Parliament during the next few months. The existing 40mph limit continues to apply until the change has been put into effect. The amended speed limit will cover single carriageway roads outside built up areas in England and Wales, unless specific lower local speed limits are in effect.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has said that the change to the national speed limit on single carriageways is planned to come into force early in 2015.

Source: FTA Press Office

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