Consultation outcome

Examining the speed limit for heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Examining the speed limit for HGV's over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads: summary of response and government response

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Raising the national speed for HGV's on single carriageway road in England and Wales: impact assessment

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Original consultation

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Summary

Consultation on the issue whether to raise speed limits for heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads.

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Examining the speed limit for heavy good vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads: impact assessment

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Consultation description

The maximum speed limit for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads is prescribed in Schedule 6 of the Road Traffic Act 1984. The current speed limit on single carriageways for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes is 40 miles per hour (mph). The speed limit for smaller HGVs (those between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes) is 50 mph. The government made a commitment in ‘The logistics growth review – connecting people with goods’ document published in November 2011, to consult on this issue during 2012.

Stakeholders have said that the 40 mph speed limit causes unnecessary cost to vehicle operators, congestion, avoidable overtaking accidents and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.

The freight and logistics sector is an essential part of the economy, vital to businesses of all sizes and sectors. Raising HGV speed limits on single carriageway roads could lead to quicker journeys and lower costs for the sector, aiding economic growth as well as reducing frustration for the many drivers who find themselves stuck behind slower-moving lorries on busy roads unable to overtake.

However there are other consequences of greater speed – both in terms of the environmental impacts and the potential effects on road safety. The department wants to make sure we have carefully considered the evidence of all of the effects on the economy, environment and road safety before any decision is made.