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Survey shows a lack of speed limit knowledge


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.”

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  • john o'neill - 22/01/2013 13:14

    Would it not be good practice for van makers/dealers to put speed limit information on a small information sticker which could be placed where any driver would see it, i.e top corner of windscreen.

  • Dave Round - 30/09/2014 13:32

    I was 'caught speeding' on a major trunk road which alternated from single to dual carriageway doing the same speed as the rest of the traffic 60mph on single carriageway. I even saw the camera van on a bridge overhead, I was allowed to attend a speed awareness course so I did not get points. silly thing is my van was probably safer and more stable than a lot of the cars traveling along that road. Now cars have to queue behind me causing dangerous driving by those trying to pass me. you tell me which is safest me doing 60 or me doing 50!!!

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