"This Vehicle is Restricted to 56mph by Law"

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  1. nheather

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    When driving around I often see vehicles, usual transit-style vans with a yellow and red sticker on the back saying

    "This vehicle is restricted to 56mph by law. Please be patient".

    As I said these vehicles are usually Transit-Style, never big, complex or carrying hazardous\delicate loads.

    So I can't imagine what Law is limiting them to 56mph.

    Is this genuine or is it just a case of the owning company simply wanting its drivers to travel at the most fuel-efficient speed?

    Just curious.

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    It's a EU dictat that our Whitehall drones slavishy adopted 2 years ago.

    Lorries have been governed for years, but now vans weighing more than 3.5 tonnes have been dragged in.
     
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    Its annoying and dangerous in my opinion, when i use to drive an astra van for work my company fitted limiters and the van would only do 68mph. Now try pulling onto a motorway in heavy moving traffic when your top speed is 68mph.
     
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    i bet you still managed to spend 99% of your time in lane 3 just like every other white van, even if lane 1 and 2 are empty :p ;)
     
  6. James.1

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    I saw one of these stickers on the back of a Royal Mail van, but was only Astra-sized. They're a pain in the arse when you're following one, but if they're carrying your package, I suppose there's less chance of it getting broke by someone pretending he's Michael Schumacher. :D
     
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    The worst part is that HGVs are restricted to 40 mph on single carriage "A" roads even if the national speed limit applies & 50 mph on dual carriage ways where the national speed limit applies.

    I've seen too many accidents happen when an impatient car driver has overtaken a HGV traveling at 40 mph on a busy "A" road.
     
  8. Ron240

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    Well just how fast do you want to go when joining a 70mph road?

    Yes, i know most of us drive faster than 70 on motorways, but if you cant manage to safely join any motorway in a vehicle capable of only 2mph below the legal limit, then it is not your speed that is at fault.
    Ive seen me frequently having to slow down to join a busy motorway.
     
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    There are occasions though when you need to put your foot down to get in front of vehicles.
     
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    I think all cars should have one fitted controlled by
    a: motorway camera's
    b: street cameras.

    We are almost there with "average" camera's. May as well have cruise control fitted now :(
     
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    Does that mean 3.5tonne vehicles are also banned from the 3rd lane of motorways?




    How does that work? Do you have to press a button to inform the vehicle what speed road you're on?
     
  12. Ron240

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    Not sure if that was a serious question, or being funny.....but the serious answer is - its entirely down to the driver to know what speed limit applies for the type of vehicle he or she is driving.
    Ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law.
    While on that subject....when asking friends, workmates etc, i have been amazed at how many car drivers think a dual carriageway(national speed limit applies)is subject to a 60mph maximum. :nono: Then they wouldnt believe me when i told them it was 70. :rolleyes:


    UK maximum speed limits
     
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    sorry, wasn't being funny. Its just that I thought there were mechanical restrictors in vehicles?

    and never mind the 60 in a NSL section, its the ones that do 40mph that do my head in. Then they continue to do 40 when it changes to a 40, and carry on doing 40 as it changes to a 30....
     
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    Yup, same with people here.
    They will argue it's 60mph until they're blue in the face.
    Dead funny when you show them proof.
    Vans, however, are restricted to 60mph on dual carriageways.

    The most annoying thing about lorries being restricted to 56mph is that their definition of 56mph varies wildly.
    So you get driver A's restricted lorry doing 0.5mph more than driver B's supposedly identically restrcited lorry.
    Driver A is desperate to keep his 0.5mph advantage though, so he pulls out and overtakes.
    Then you get a 3 mile tailback of angry drivers.
     
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    Elephant racing ...
     
  16. Ron240

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    Agreed, with one exception..and here is where it gets confusing.....
    Car derived vans(ie. must use same chassis)with a maximum laden weight of 2 tonnes or less, are not subject to the lower limit, and are treated exactly the same as cars.
    However, there are not many vans that fall into this category...with the only ones i can think of right now, being Fiesta & Corsa vans, but there will be others.


    So many rules and regulations...is it any wonder we get confused at times. :(
     
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