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    Lower speed limits for vans - are pickups the same??

    Bloke at work has just been done speeding in his older merc van. he was doing 50-odd in a 60 limit single carraigeway road. he didn't realise the limits are lower for vans. - here's the deal - if the van is car derived and less than 2000kg loaded then the car speed limits apply - if non car derived or over 2000kg laden - then lower limits apply for single and dual carraigeways.
    So here's my point - lots of us run old pickups - where do these fall re speed limits?? My 58 GMC f'rinstance - non car derived - over 2000kg loaded - do I need to stick to 10mph below the national limit on single and dual carraigeways??

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    Mart, that's interesting regarding the car derived bit. About thirty years ago I got done for doing 58 on the A38 near Burton on Trent (a 70mph dual carriageway even back then). I was driving a Simca 1100 van at the time which was car based. Do you think I should ask for my £25.00 fine back?

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    Might be worth an ask on here --> http://www.5ive-o.org/forum/index.php

    Quite a good site really and reliable info
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    Used to drive a truck and IIRC if it's over 3500kg you can drive at 70mph on a motorway, 60 on an "A" dual carriageway, and 50mph on single carraigeway "A" roads. As far as I know the vehicle has to be over 3500kg though. Under that and it's the same as a car. Perhaps his Merc is rated at 3500kg+?

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    Got busted on this years ago, the camera was in the back of an HA van it was THAT long ago. I got done in an Escort Mk2 van for 82 on a dual carriageway, trouble being the limit for a van at that time was 50

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    Vauxhall found that many van drivers assume that the limits are the same as for cars. In fact, all vans over 2 tonnes maximum gross weight are subject to separate speed limits for goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonne.

    Only car-derived vans with a maximum weight of under 2 tonnes are subject to the same speed limits as cars. In other words, all Transit-sized vans (and some smaller ones) are subject to a different set of speed limits to cars.

    Here are the correct speed limits for most vans:

    Single carriageways: 50mph
    Dual Carriageways: 60mph
    Motorways: 70mph


    Police forces around the country are tightening up on these breaches and van drivers can expect to be ticketed if caught.

    Examples of vans that fit into the car speed limit category are:

    Vauxhall Astravan and Corsavan, Ford Fiesta Van

    Examples of smaller vans with a max weight over 2 tonnes and lower speed limits are:

    Ford Transit Connect, Peugeot Expert, Citroen Dispatch, Ford Transit SWB, Vauxhall Vivaro SWB

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapri View Post
    trouble being the limit for a van at that time was 50
    That's why I was done. Any idea when the law changed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40Stude View Post
    That's why I was done. Any idea when the law changed?
    its been like that for some time. Came to my attention when the Transit Connect was launched, as many drivers thought it was a Fiesta based car derived van. Turns out it wasn't................and lots of tickets were issued.

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    Interesting thread!

    I was under the impression it depended on wether the vehicle was registered as Private Light Goods or Light Commercial Vehicle.

    Does this mean a lot of F150, Dodge Ram etc owners are going to get nicked for being in the fast lane doing 70?
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