UK van speed limits revealed!

Do you think that the same speed limit applies for vans and cars? THINK AGAIN! It's not quite as simple as that. Vanarama's Laura Day reveals all.

Speed limits are always a hot topic – and particularly if you've ever come under the firing line with a hefty fine!

And, if that's been you in the past, then you're in the right place and you should probably pay attention right about now…

So, what's different?

Well, the differences between car and van speed limits aren't huge. But, it's important to be aware of them so that you're not a victim of those dreaded speed cameras.

Here are the speed limits that apply to vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes:


Built-up areas : 30mph

Single carriageways : 50mph

Dual carriageways : 60mph

Motorways : 70mph

And, here are the speed limits for cars:


Built-up areas : 30mph

Single carriageway : 60 mph

Dual carriageway : 70mph

Motorway : 70mph

So, the speed limit for vans drops by 10mph on single and dual carriageways, while the other two limits (for motorways and built-up areas) stay unchanged.

If you're towing a trailer with your van, then the limit on motorways also drops by 10mph to 60mph.

These are the standard speed limits, so make sure you stick to them! However, it's good to be aware that local authorities have the power to post different limits on all sorts of roads, so keep an eye out for any road signage that tells you otherwise.

What about speed limits for larger vans?

Some vans are designed to have a gross vehicle weight that exceeds 3.5 tonnes. If you're driving a larger van, the vehicle must have a speed limiter fitted – this should be 56mph under EU law, making the standard maximum speed limits unattainable anyway.

Safety first

While these are the speed limits enforced by law, they are a guide and not a target. You should always drive accordingly to the road and weather conditions – don't risk putting yourself in dangerous situations just so you can hit those maximum speed limits.

And, if you're carrying a large payload in the back of your van, that's even more of a reason to be extra cautious on the road.

Always adjust your driving style to fit the route and terrain accordingly, and don't take any unnecessary risks!

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