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Speed limits

The speed limit for any road is the maximum speed a vehicle should be travelling at. You should always drive safely and appropriately within the speed limit at all times.

 

30mph zones

All urban roads in this country are subject to a 30mph limit unless there are signs to tell you a higher or lower limit. If you cannot see a sign on an urban road you must always assume that the speed limit is 30mph.

If there are streetlights along the road then again the speed limit is usually 30mph unless other signs tell you different. Look at rule 123 (Speed Limits) of the Highway Code below for further information or visit The Highway Code website.

 

Speed Limits

Table of speed limits
  Built up area Single Carriageway Dual Carriageway Motorway
Cars and motocycles

 30

 60

 70

 70

Cars towing caravans or trailors

 30

 50

 60

 60

Busses or coaches

 30

 50

 60

 70

Goods vehicles <7.5tonnes

 30

 50

 60

60*

Goods vehicles >7.5 tonnes

 30

 50

 60

 60

*If not articulated or towing the maximum speed is 70mph