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Fleet News debate: Should vans have speed limiters?

What other methods could be employed to make sure driver adhere to speed limits?

Ian Leonard Fit telematics and invest in driver training.

One is no good without the other and they should work hand-in-hand.

Tim Bright We have trackers fitted to our vans and the next phase will provide more in-depth data so a certain amount of “punishment” could be dealt out to the worst offenders.

Andrew Smith There are other methods which can help drivers stick to speed limits such as adequate sat-nav training and internal rewards programmes, but we believe speed limiters are the only real method worth considering.

Paul Boulds A speed limiter stops a vehicle exceeding 70mph, but a rev limiter sets the number of revs, so it reduces top end speed as well as over revving of the engine. You get the best of both worlds.

The FleetNews view

There is no doubt that the potential benefits of speed limiters in reducing accidents is a key factor to their popularity among van fleet operators.

Research has shown that a speed limiter set at 56mph can reduce fuel costs by almost 40%  –even set at 70mph you could see a 15-20% reduction in fuel use.

With added benefits including lower emissions and improved engine life you might wonder how long it will be before van manufacturers start fitting them as standard.

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