A new survey by Vauxhall has revealed an alarming lack of
knowledge about speed limits for commercial vehicles on the UK’s roads.
According to the survey, 85% of drivers didn’t know what they
were and 36% regularly break speed limits on dual carriageways. Vans under 2.0-tonnes gross vehicle weight, such as the Vauxhall Corsavan, Astravan and Combo, are subject to the same speed limits as passenger cars.
But over 2.0-tonnes, with vans such as the Vivaro and Movano, they are subject to lower limits – 50mph on unrestricted single roads and 60mph on dual carriageways, although they can still do 70mph on motorways.
To confuse matters further, not all small vans come in at under 2.0-tonnes.
While the Combo does, the rival Ford Transit Connect and Volkswagen Caddy are over 2.0-tonnes and therefore have to adhere to the lower limits.
Steve Bryant, Vauxhall commercial vehicle brand
manager, said: “For operators who want to avoid speed limit
confusion, a van with a laden weight below 2.0 tonnes makes a lot of sense.
“It’s where vehicles such as the Astravan and Combo have a key advantage over their competitors, many of which are subject to the lower limits.”