The fine can be as high as £1,000 for van drivers caught speeding but why if they’re travelling to the limit?
It seems that van drivers in the UK could be fined for speeding despite travelling under the legal speed limit on the road but why?
It’s because there are different speed limits which apply to vehicles of varying size which may be known by those who drive a van regularly but anyone hiring one for a day or weekend might not and could land themselves in hot water.
When it comes to vans, the speed limit drops by 10mph on single carriageways to 50mph and 60mph on dual carriageways. Only 30mph speed limits and 70mph motorway speed limits remain the same for both cars and vans.
If a van driver is also towing a trailer they must stick to a 60mph speed limit as well as keeping to the restrictions on single and dual carriageways.
The fine for drivers caught breaking the speed limit can be as high as £1,000 and six penalty points on single and dual carriageways but can be a hefty £2,500 on motorways.
As for ‘car derived vans’, these must not exceed two tonnes of load weight and can travel at the normal speed limits but if they do exceed two tonnes of load weight they must then adhere to the restricted limits.
Car derived vans are based on a standard small hatchback but have a van at the back and must stick to the same speed limit as a car but if they are carrying over two tonnes in load weight they should drive to the restricted rules. The extra weight basically turns them into a larger goods vehicle so the driver must adhere to 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway but can still do 70mph on the motorway.
All vans and lorries carrying more than 7.5 tonnes in load weight can only do 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on other roads.
“The law around vans, particularly ‘car derived vans’ is quite complicated so always check before you set off,” said Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, adding: “Most offences will be detected by speed cameras and they can differentiate by tracing the vehicle details from the registration number.”
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