Speed limits are an important part of keeping roads safe and helping to reduce the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities. In the United Kingdom, the maximum speed limit on a road outside of a built-up area depends on the type of vehicle being driven.
What is the Maximum Speed Limit?
The maximum speed limit in the United Kingdom is 70 miles per hour (mph) on motorways, 60 mph on dual carriageways, and 50 mph on single carriageways. However, there are some exceptions, such as the London congestion charge zone, where the speed limit is 20 mph.
Speed Limits Outside of Built-Up Areas
Outside of built-up areas, the maximum speed limit for cars and motorcycles is 60 mph on dual carriageways, and 50 mph on single carriageways. However, certain vehicles, such as goods vehicles with a maximum laden weight of more than 3.5 tonnes, are limited to 40 mph on single carriageways.
The maximum speed limit for buses and coaches is 50 mph on dual carriageways, and 40 mph on single carriageways. Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) with a maximum laden weight of more than 7.5 tonnes are limited to 40 mph on dual carriageways and 30 mph on single carriageways.
It is important to be aware of the speed limits that apply to different types of vehicles on different types of roads. Driving at excessive speeds can result in fines, points on your license, and even a driving ban. Adhering to the speed limits helps to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.