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New maximum speed limits for vans.


Mike Chapman

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I have just seen an article, in Auto Express, which indicates that from next year speed limiters set at 56mph (90 kph) must be fitted to vans weighing more than 3.5 tonnes. Presumably this will apply only to commercial LGV's and not Motorcaravans. The article says that the Frieght Transport Association has asked for the limit to be raised to 62mph (100 kph) because of the trouble vans will have overtaking HGV's on hills and the effect on traffic hold up. I understand that several contributors to this forum are involved with freight transport and may therefore have more detailed information. Does anyone out there know anything about this? Regards, Mike Chapman
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Thanks for the information Don. I wonder how this will work in effect. Loads of vans under 3.5 tonnes still doing white van man impersonations? Loads of vans under 3.5 tonnes overloaded trying to carry loads for heavier vans? The police as usual trying to police the new law. Motorcaravanners being pulled over because the new law will not be fully understood. Regards cynically, Mike.
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[QUOTE]Keith T - 2006-11-23 2:09 PM Since many motorhomes can be on different weight chassis, but identical externally, how will the speed cameras know which you have got....or will we all get hundereds of speeding tickets, which then have to be challenged?[/QUOTE] Keith, As vehicles are traced their through there registration numbers I can't see that being a problem. Once they have your number they also have full details of your vehicle. Don
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The way the report is worded is that all vehicles covered by this new regulation will be fitted with governors on their engine management systems. Therefore it will not be a case of speeding tickets being issued and if the law effected your MH (which as written it wont) the vehicle would be modified as necessary. Happy travels, Ian
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this does indeed apply to goods vehicles and buses only - it does not apply to what are termed private hgv's - ie motorhomes! If so, those of you with post 2005 motorhomes would already have found speed limiters fitted. I know that my 2004 Merc 416cdi with a Rimor body can do 95 mph on the autobahn - shame it averages 15mpg when it does it!
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