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Rule 125

The speed limit is the absolute maximum and does not mean it is safe to drive at that speed irrespective of conditions. Driving at speeds too fast for the road and traffic conditions is dangerous. You should always reduce your speed when

Speed Limits

Type of vehicle Built-up areas* Single carriageways Dual carriageways Motorways
  MPH (km/h) MPH (km/h) MPH (km/h) MPH (km/h)
Cars & motorcycles (including car derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 60 (96) 70 (112) 70 (112)
Cars towing caravans or trailers (including car derived vans and motorcycles) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 60 (95)
Buses, coaches and minibuses (not exceeding 12 metres in overall length 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112)
Goods vehicles (not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70† (112)
Goods vehicles (exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 40 (64) 50 (80) 60 (96)

*The 30 mph limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise. †60 mph (96 km/h) if articulated or towing a trailer

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