Home / Cars / Lorry speed limit increases improve road safety

Lorry speed limit increases improve road safety

Tristan Shale-Hester 2019-06-26 12:33

New higher speed limits for lorries have caused the number of speeding HGVs to drop by 70 per cent, improving road safety

New speed limit increases for lorries have improved road safety by contributing to a 70 per cent decrease in the number of speeding HGVs, according to a Government report.

In 2015, the speed limit for HGVs weighing more than 7.5 tonnes increased from 40mph to 50mph on single carriageway roads and from 50mph to 60mph in dual carriageway roads in England and Wales.

What it's like being an HGV driver

Now, a Department for Transport (DfT) report says this has contributed to a “statistically significant” improvement to road safety on the roads it analysed in its study, with the number of speeding lorries having fallen by around 70 per cent.

The average speed of lorries on single carriageway roads has risen by 1.5mph to 45.6mph, while average dual carriageway speeds for lorries have gone up 0.4mph to 52.4mph. The DfT says an increase of just 1mph in average lorry speeds would have freed up 650,000 hours of lorry drivers’ time and saved haulage businesses more than £10 million a year.

Roads minister Michael Ellis commented: “I am pleased to see the improvement in safety while helping to unlock the UK’s potential – encouraging growth and enhancing productivity – increasing the speed limit for lorries has helped companies save time and money, enabling them to reinvest this in their business and buying newer and greener vehicles.

“This move has also potentially improved road safety as it appears to have reduced the risks some drivers take when overtaking slow-moving vehicles.”

A final report is to be published on the full effects of the speed limit increases in due course, focusing particularly on the road safety aspect of the policy.

Do you agree that HGVs should be allowed to travel faster? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…

About Alex Ward

Check Also

New Mazda MX-5 Cup and Design styling packs released

Daniel Allen 2019-07-19 13:10 The Mazda MX-5 - world’s best-selling two-seater roadster - can now be fitted with new design packages costing up to £4,675 Mazda UK has released two new personalisation packages for its MX-5 models following the release of the new, 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5. Prices begin at £1,995 for the entry-level Cup Pack and increase to £4,675 for the top of the range Design Pack. The cheaper of the two comes with a suspension lowering kit from Eibach, a stainless-steel exhaust system from Bastuck and 17-inch BBS wheels. However, if customers want the new rim size, they’ll need to own the model with the 2.0-litre, 181bhp engine. • Best sports cars on sale At the peak of the price range, costing around a fifth of an entry-level MX-5, is the Design Pack. It includes all the styling upgrades of the Cup Pack, with the addition of a body kit created to compliment the new BBS wheels. Image 3 of 12 Image 3 of 12 Inside the cabin, changes are made to the trim mat..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *