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Vehicle Speed Limits

Summary Of National Speed Limits

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You MUST NOT exceed the maximum speed limits for the road and for your vehicle (see the table below). Street lights usually mean that there is a 30 mph speed limit unless there are signs showing another limit. Law RTRA sections 81,86,89 & schedule 6.

Vehicle Built-up
Areas *
Single
carriage-ways
Dual
carriage-ways
Motorways
Cars and motorcycles
(including car derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30mph 60mph 70mph 70mph
Cars towing caravans or trailers
(including car derived vans and motorcycles)
30mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Buses and coaches
(not exceeding 12 metres in overall length)
30mph 50mph 60mph 70mph
Goods vehicles
(not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30mph 50mph 60mph 70mph †
Goods vehicles
(exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30mph 50mph 60mph 60mph

These are the national speed limits and apply to all roads unless signs show otherwise.

* The 30 mph limit applies to all traffic on all roads in England and Wales (only Class C and unclassified roads in Scotland) with street lighting unless signs show otherwise).

† 60 if articulated or towing a trailer.

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Detailed Version Of Section 86 (1) and Schedule 6 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Vehicle Carriageway
without trailer with trailer
Single Dual Motorway Single Dual Motorway
Motorcycle 60mph 70mph 70mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Invalid carriage 20mph 20mph - 20mph 20mph -
Passenger vehicle, dual purpose vehicle, motor caravan (none of which exceed 3050kg unladen or 8 passenger seats) car derived van not exceeding 2000kg max laden weight or 8 passenger seats 60mph 70mph 70mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Passenger vehicle, dual purpose vehicle, motor caravan, car derived van exceeding 3050kg unladen or 8 passenger seats and: - NOT exceeding 12 metres in length 50mph 60mph 70mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
exceeding 12 metres in length 50mph 60mph 60mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Goods vehicle NOT exceeding 7.5 tonnes which is not an articulated vehicle or car derived van 50mph 60mph 70mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Goods vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes which is not an articulated vehicle 50mph 60mph 60mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Articulated goods vehicle NOT exceeding 7.5 tonnes 50mph 60mph 60mph 50mph 60mph 60mph
Articulated goods vehicle exceeding 7.5 tonnes 40mph 50mph 60mph 40mph 50mph 60mph

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