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Trucker caught speeding on A15 urges people give opinions on HGV speed limits

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 28, 2013

Lorry driver Alan Kaye

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A lorry driver who was caught speeding on the A15 is urging people to have their say in a Government review of HGV speed limits.

Alan Kaye was snapped by a speed camera doing 48mph on the A15 at Snitterby. He was fined £60 and given three points. The limit for his 44-tonne lorry and other HGVs over 7.5 tonnes is 40mph.

The Department for Transport is proposing to raise the limit on single carriageways for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes to 45mph or 50mph to boost trade.

The 50mph speed limit for HGVs between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes will remain unchanged. Consultation began on November 9 and runs until February 1.

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Mr Kaye said: "Slow-moving trucks on single carriageway roads are causing life-threatening situations by impatient drivers making unnecessary and dangerous overtaking manoeuvres to get past. Time is running out to have your say on this important issue."

To take part, complete the form at www.dft.gov.uk/consultations

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  • dikvdyke  |  January 29 2013, 8:45PM

    I have worked as a HGV driver and I agree with Mr Kaye. On single-carriageways due to 40 mph speed limits you are constantly pressured by cars and vans wanting to over-take and they will take terrible risks to make that extra progress. Some drivers, I think, do not know that HGVs are limited to 40 on those roads, many do not care. It is about time this issue was discussed and it has taken a lorry driver, ofcourse, to speak out and raise his concerns. Generally most people do not care for the plight of the lorry driver as they represent the lower class of society and have no representation in parliament. An important issue that should be discussed.

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  • animalandy  |  January 28 2013, 8:34PM

    it seems that Graham K Smith needs to spend more time concentrating on his driving and not the drivers of HGV's or else he will be the one running into someone .Raise the limit for a certain period of time and analyse the data then make a decision in law .

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  • GrahamKSmith  |  January 28 2013, 8:09PM

    Given that the damage caused by a HGV impacting the back of a car does, in so many cases, prove fatal to the occupants of the car, I think 40mph is fast enough for all single carriageways. For information, I do a far bit of driving myself and see something like one in eight HGV drivers apparently occupied with something other than the road, be that a mobile phone, something that involves them looking down, or as I have seen several times lately a newspaper!!! No, no, no. Until such time as we can trust HGV drivers to give their full attention to the road, I think 40mph is fast enough.

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  • alp141  |  January 28 2013, 7:54PM

    An aspect of this article that seems to have been overlooked is the amount of air disturbance caused by these large vehicles, every pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or even drivers of small cars have felt the effect of almost being blown of course by this air movement.Therefore to allow HGV's to travel even faster will increase this wind effect and lead to more light vehicle travellers and pedestrians to be injured.

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  • Localperson55  |  January 28 2013, 5:26PM

    With a consultation going forward and a strong possibility of the vehicle speed being raised its a shame that the prosecution of this man (and any other similar LGV drivers) was not put on hold. If the limit is raised, then the speeding conviction should be squashed and the points wiped off his licence. The speed limits were set when goods vehicles had drum brakes and were very hard to stop. Modern goods vehicles are very different with their air and exhaust brakes and other braking assist systems such as ABS.

  • Ian_Heighton  |  January 28 2013, 12:48PM

    The speed limits should be universal rather than staggered for different vehicles, especially now where councils/highways authority make the roads as difficult to overtake as possible with long sweeping curves. It's human nature to be impatient and slow vehicles will cause faster vehicles to want to overtake and possibly take risks. If the Government is serious about road safety, then they will use some of the "Infrastructure" money to Dual all single carriageway trunk roads, in the meantime raising the HGV speed limit to 60 will help.

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  • bertie64  |  January 28 2013, 12:28PM

    I quite agee the hgv limit should be 50mph on all A roads but if the driver is caught exceeding the 50 mph limit then the fines should be trebled to what tbey are now and double the points given aswell

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  • poorman2  |  January 28 2013, 11:03AM

    I agree that as braking has improved then it is probably safe to increase the speed limit to 50mph. The danger is that someone will then campaign for it to be increased to 60 mph and beyond.

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  • Anon51  |  January 28 2013, 7:51AM

    I think the speed limit should be raised. These vehicles have better braking systems than some cars but more importantly the fact they are limited to 40 results in car drivers becoming frustrated and taking risks overtaking. If they are limited to such a low speed and the NSL is 60 then car drivers will become agitated and risk take. I ageree the government should look at the figures of accidents due to people overtaking these slow moving vehicles.

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