Speed limits are in place for the safety of all motorists, be it a biker or a 7.5 tonne lorry driver. However, it is often forgotten that speed limits are the maximum speed you can do, not the minimum. Although it is important to avoid driving too slowly; as this in itself can present all sorts of risks, you also don't need to fly down the A1 in a bid to overtake all other signs of motorists. So, keep up with the traffic whilst sticking to a safe speed and in accordance with the conditions and circumstances i.e. road works, the weather and more. For lorry drivers though, arguably, the risks posed unto themselves as well as other motorists are heightened, due to the size and weight of the vehicle they are operating. This is why it is crucial for these drivers to move at a safe enough speed. The aim is to drive safe enough to keep on par with the traffic whilst avoiding flying down the road and putting motorists at risk. So, in today's article by Phantom, we will be taking a look at the speed limits for roads on which lorries weighing more than 7.5 tonnes are most likely to travel . Therefore, you, as this type of motorist, can stay safe whilst on England's roads:
 
  • Motorways 60mph
  • Dual Carriageways 60mph
  • Single Carriageways 50mph
  • Built-up locations 30mph
As a Lorry driver though, it is also important to be mindful of speed limits around the UK, which is why we have listed the speed limits in these areas for Scotland too. (Please note: The limits listed above cover both England and Wales):
 
  • Motorways 60mph
  • Dual Carriageways 50mph
  • Single Carriageways 40mph
  • Built-up locations 30mph
Though these speed limits generally apply at all times, you need to be wary of local areas, as councils can set limits themselves. While these will be clearly signed, it is still something to be mindful of. Conversely, if you're a fleet owner looking to ensure your drivers are travelling safely,  fleet tracking can help. Not only can it monitor the speed your fleet are moving at, but also it will note other factors of their driving; such as unnecessary stops and much more. This can help you to manage a safer team of lorry drivers whilst improving customer retention. So, see our website for more.