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UK Speed Limits

Driving in urban areas can be a tricky business, fraught with risks and distractions, and it is very easy to allow your car to drift over a 30 mph speed limit if you are not paying full attention to what you are doing. In fact, surveys by the Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) suggest that over half of drivers in the UK exceed the 30mph speed limit in urban areas at some point. Local authorities are increasingly using speed cameras as revenue generation tools and there is always a danger of falling foul of a police speed trap with the resultant speeding points and fines.

This website contains masses of information that you may find useful if you are concerned about possible prosecution or fines for speeding, or why not contact us to see how we can help you?

Below are the UK national speed limits for various types of road vehicle. If you are unsure of the type of vehicle you drive check your driving licence to see which class of vehicles it allows you to drive or  the government’s driving licence tool.

Type of vehicle Built up areas (MPH) Single carriageway (MPH) Dual carriageways (MPH) Motorways (MPH)
Cars and vehicles (including dual purpose vehicles) 30 mph 60 mph 70 mph 70 mph
Car-derived vans up to 12 tonnes maximum laden weight 30 mph 60 mph 70 mph 70 mph
Cars towing caravans or trailers (including car driven vans and motorcycles) 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 60 mph
Motorhomes or motor caravans (not more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight 30 mph 60 mph 70 mph 70 mph
Motorhomes or motor caravans(more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight) 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 70 mph
Buses, coaches and minibuses (not more than 12 metres overall length) 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 70 mph
Buses, coaches and minibuses (more than 12 metres overall length) 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 60 mph
Goods vehicles (less than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 70 mph (60 if articulated or towing a trailer)
Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 mph 50 mph 60 mph 60 mph

The above are the legal speed limits, however the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has issued its own guidelines as to when to prosecute for speeding.