Motorists can be fined for speeding while driving a van – even if they are traveling below the normal speed limit indicated on the road sign.
Many motorists may not be aware that the actual speed limits for lorries and larger vehicles differ from those for cars on certain UK roads.
For one-way and dual-track roads, the speed limit for trucks is reduced by 10 km/h, which means vehicles are restricted to 50 mph and 60 km/h, respectively.
However, the same 30 km/h speed limit remains in place for built-up areas, while the 70 km/h top speed is also unchanged, unless a trailer is towed.
If towing a trailer, the van driver will need to adhere to the 60 km/h speed limit on the highway – just like a car pulling a caravan.
While most casual van drivers will be aware of the revised limits, drivers who hire one of the vehicles for the day can easily be caught and fined.
Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 and receive up to six penalty points if they exceed the van speed limit on one- or two-way roads – and up to £2,500 on motorways.
The law always applies to cargo vehicles such as vans up to 7.5 tons, but it can get complicated when it comes to “automobile-derived trucks”.
Car-derived vans are small passenger cars with windows that are assembled into a cargo van and must not have a load capacity of more than two tons.
Regularly national speed limit generally applies to these vehicles, but once its payload exceeds two tons, it is classified as a regular van and is subject to the revised speed limits.
And drivers of lorries or vans over 7.5 tons in the UK can only run 50 mph on single-track and 60 km/h on double-track and motorways.
Van drivers will obviously still be subject to the variable speed limits and will need to drive with the lowest limit displayed on road signs depending on traffic conditions.
Neil Greig, Director of Research and Policy at IAM RoadSmart, said: “Laws on trucks, especially ‘automotive vans’ are quite complex so always check before you set off.
“A ‘car-based van’, which is based on a standard compact hatchback with a van in the back, has the same speed limit as a car.
“But, if it’s carrying more than two tons at full weight then it’s considered a larger cargo vehicle and can only go 50 km/h on single track and 60 km/h on double track, although they have can run 70 km/h on the highway.
“The largest trucks and vans, weighing over 7.5 tons, can only run 50 km/h on one conveyance road and 60 km/h elsewhere.
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“Most of the violations will be detected by speed cameras and they can tell them apart by tracing the vehicle details from the registration number.
“So even if you don’t know your limit, the police computer will and you will get a ticket in the mail.
“Accumulating points can lead to loss of your job so not knowing the law is no defense and every motorist must know the limit for their car no matter how many different cars they drive. “
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/2549807/speed-limit-fine-van/ You could be heavily fined for breaking this little-known speeding law