The government has revealed plans to increase the speed limit for lorries from 2015 onwards. The plans involve single carriageway roads to enable lorries to drive faster and not become a danger to other road users. It has been revealed that some drivers, impatient to be stuck behind slow-moving lorries on these roads, have been overtaking dangerously by going into the path of oncoming vehicles. The new rules should also mean less tailbacks as cars get stuck behind a lorry that can only travel at 40mph.
The HGV speed limit will be raised from 40mph to 50mph on these particular roads. There will still be a 10mph difference between the top speed a lorry can legally drive and that of a car, but it will be a vast difference to the current 20mph difference that is causing problems. There is a lot of support for the new rules, from bodies such as the Road Haulage Association. However Brake, the safety charity, has questioned whether raising the HGV speed limit is such a good idea as they believe it may not reduce the number of accidents. Time will tell whether this is the case or not, but until then the new law looks set to come into force next year.
Could this make UK roads safer with fewer accidents?
Road accidents happen for all kinds of different reasons. Speeding vehicles, a lack of attention and a variety of other instances can all lead to accidents both minor and major. If you are involved in an accident with a lorry (or you have been within the last three years) it is possible you may be entitled to claim compensation. It depends on whether you can prove negligence was to blame on the part of the lorry driver, which is why it is usually best to seek out professional advice.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now if you believe you might be entitled to compensation
Accident Advice Helpline has been here for the past 14 years, helping all kinds of people seek compensation and justice for injuries they have sustained due to the actions (or inaction) of another party. We may be able to help you as well. We’d recommend you contact us for no-obligation advice before you do anything else, since time may be of the essence. Call our free 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 to find out more about our friendly 24-hour service.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown