Staveley Head

Staveley Head

March 26, 2010 09:00 ET

Maximum Motorway Speed Limits to Be Reduced for Small HGV's

FLINT, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - Staveley Head, one of the UK's leading truck insurance providers has reacted to DFT about the reduction of HGV speed limits.

The Department for Transport (DfT) is proposing reducing the maximum speed on motorways for HGVs between 3.05tonnes and 7.00tonnes from 7o to 60mph. to bring them into line with larger HGVs which already have a 60mph limit. The proposal also includes standardising the maximum speed for all Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCVs) with a laden weight of more than 3.05tonnes, or having more than eight seats, at 65mph.

In consequence of EU laws and directives going back to 1992 and 2001 larger HGVs are designed and manufactured with a maximum speed capacity of 60mph, but there are still many older HGVs on the roads which do not have these speed limiters fitted. Among other considerations the DfT feels that owners of these older vehicles gain a commercial advantage because of their greater speed, and consequently there is no incentive to trade them in for newer models. They also claim that it will be easier for the police to enforce just one speed limit per vehicle class, and also deter owners and operators to tamper with the speed limiters on newer vehicles as some are allegedly now doing.

It is believed that up to 18,000 HGVs and up to 84,000 PCVs may be affected. The DfT believe that this is only a "small proportion of traffic" and, consequently, the reduced speeds will not increase traffic congestion on the motorways as lighter vehicles will have no difficulty in overtaking them.

A spokesman for Staveley Head said "We're in favour of any changes that will improve road safety, but we're not convinced that reducing these speed limits will not have an adverse affect on traffic congestion, and traffic congestion on motorways is a major cause of accidents. We have to assume that the DfT has fully carried out its research, without employing any spin, and hope that their conclusions are correct. All vehicles with a maximum legal speed below 70mph will be prohibited fro using the outside lane."

Motor Caravans and Dual Purpose Vehicle adapted to carry more than eight people, or weighing more than 3.05tonnes will also be subject to the 65mph speed limit. The proposals are not expected to become law before 2011.

Staveley Head are one of the UK's leading brokers of HGV insurance. Based in Flintshire, North Wales, they have over 15 years experience in the industry and have earned a reputation for providing quality, low-cost insurance cover for hauliers and logistics firms across the UK. Providing cover from a panel of leading insurers, including Zurich, Allianz and Royal means that the firm can offer the most appropriate cover for clients, at the most affordable prices. To find out more, visit

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