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Police are reminding road users to have a little patience when driving behind lorries, buses and vans especially on single carriageways.

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Police are reminding road users to have a little patience when driving behind lorries, buses and vans especially on single carriageways.

Road Policing Inspector John Millar explains: “It may be down to a lack of awareness of the different speed limits applicable to certain vehicles but recently we have had reports of drivers feeling unduly pressurised by other road users because of a perception they are not travelling fast enough.

“On a single carriageway lorries, buses, vans and cars towing caravans or trailers are restricted to a maximum speed of 50mph and HGV’s can’t go any faster than 40mph. So while you may be inwardly frustrated don’t let that affect your driving behaviour. Flashing your lights, tailgating, or repeatedly edging out for an opportunity to overtake won’t make the driver in front go any faster!  Wait until it is safe and legal to overtake.”

 

Type of vehicle    Single carriageways
mph
Dual carriageways
mph
Motorways
mph
Cars and motorcycles
(including car-derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight)
60 70 70
Cars towing caravans or trailers
(including car-derived vans and motorcycles)
50 60 60
Buses, coaches and minibuses
(not exceeding 12 metres in overall length)
50 60 70
Goods vehicles
(not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
50 60 70
Goods vehicles (HGVs)
(exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 
40 50 60

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