Claire Perry, transport minister, has confirmed Government plans to raise the national speed limit in England and Wales from 50mph to 60mph for lorries travelling on dual carriageways.
The move follows the increase in speed limits for HGVs on single carriageways, from 40mph to 50mph, which was announced in July this year. The Government went ahead with this change despite an internal “impact assessment” which indicated the move is likely to increase road deaths.
The changes to HGV speed limits will update previous regulation dating back to the 1980s.
The Government says that today’s announcement will ensure that (as of 6 April 2015) “lorry drivers have speed limits that are better suited to a modern transport network”.
Claire Perry said: “It is really important that speed limits for lorries reflect the needs of a modern transport network and improved vehicle technology.
“Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world and I am determined to ensure this continues. This change is about ensuring rules for lorry drivers’ speed limits are in line with other larger vehicles on our roads, creating a fairer and more proportionate system.”
The Government has also published responses to a consultation on issuing on-the-spot fines for HGV drivers who take insufficient breaks from driving on longer journeys. It says the consultation showed “clear support for plans to give enforcement officers another weapon in the fight against irresponsible driving by both foreign and UK drivers”.