New Speeding Fines in Place - Re-think the Need for Speed
The vast majority of hardworking lorry and van drivers carry out their work within the letter of the law, but for those who may be tempted to exceed the speed limits on UK roads, recent changes to leg...
The vast majority of hardworking lorry and van drivers carry out their work within the letter of the law, but for those who may be tempted to exceed the speed limits on UK roads, recent changes to legislature mean the consequences are now far more severe. While for small infringements the changes are not too substantial, drivers caught exceeding the limit by more than 10mph are in for a very expensive lesson.
UK Road Speed Limits
Anyone who undertakes haulage jobs for a living (and in fact anyone who uses the road) should be familiar with the UK speed limits, although it's easy to unwittingly fall foul of the rules if you don’t understand their variations. But staying on the right side of the law and maintaining a clean licence (not to mention avoiding huge fines) is imperative for anyone who relies on haulage jobs for their livelihood – whether you're an independent owner-driver or work for a larger company. Because one thing you can be sure of is that your speed is your responsibility.
For HGV drivers it's even more important to stay abreast of changes to the laws and be aware that what's signposted on the roads doesn’t necessarily apply to vehicles other than conventional cars. You also need to factor in regional variations in UK speed limits if you're carrying out haulage jobs in Wales or Scotland.
For those who need a refresher, in a nutshell here are the current speed limits on UK roads (current May 2017) for HGVs.
Over 7.5 tonnes:
What the Changes in Fines Mean
The changes in fines are significant - starting at a 150% increase. The government is hitting offenders where it hurts by basing the incremental system on a driver's weekly income, in additional to temporary driving bans or points on their licence.
Keeping UK Roads Safe
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting logistics professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage jobs with available drivers. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.