5 Apr 2015.
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Higher Lorry Speed Limits Welcomed
ABD welcomes increases in speed limits for HGVs on single- and dual-carriageways
The Alliance of British Drivers welcomes the increases in speed limits for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) on single-carriageway and dual-carriageway roads, which come into effect today (6 April). The limits increase from 40 to 50mph (single carriageways), and from 50 to 60mph (dual carriageways).

ABD chairman Brian Gregory comments:
“We are particularly pleased that the outdated 40mph speed limit for HGVs on single-carriageway roads is going up. This will reduce the speed differential between heavy and light vehicles, particularly on major roads, with a consequent reduction in delays, frustration and the need to overtake. It is the spread of speeds, rather than average speed, that is linked to accident frequency.”
He continues:
“This is a good time to remind drivers of ways in which they can show consideration to others. If you are in a queue behind a slow-moving vehicle and do not intend to overtake yourself, leave a sufficient gap for a driver overtaking from behind you to pull in if necessary. Also, if you are driving a slow-moving vehicle, you should take note of Rule 169 of the Highway Code, which states:
Do not hold up a long queue of traffic, especially if you are driving a large or slow-moving vehicle. Check your mirrors frequently, and if necessary, pull in where it is safe and let traffic pass.

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