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Encyclopedia > National speed limit
An Example of a United Kingdom National speed limit roadsign.
An Example of a United Kingdom National speed limit roadsign.

The National speed limit is the speed limit on a road in the United Kingdom that is not in a 'built-up' area (i.e., those with street lights, in which case the speed limit is 30 miles per hour unless otherwise stated) or with a lower speed limit imposed. The limit is: Image File history File links Natspeedlimit. ... Image File history File links Natspeedlimit. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... A road speed limit is the maximum speed allowed by law for road vehicles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Highway Code graphic representing a Built up area A Built up area is the term used in the UK Highway Code to describe the surroundings where the speed limit of a road is automatically 30mph. ... A streetlight in front of a red sky at night A street light, also known as a light standard, is a raised light on the edge of a road, turned on or lit at a certain time every night. ... Miles per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of international miles covered per hour. ...

National speed limits on roads in the UK
Type of vehicle Speed limit
Single carriageway Dual carriageway Motorway
Car up to 2 tonnes/motorcycle 60 mph 70 mph 70 mph
Car with caravan or trailer 50 mph 60 mph 60 mph
Bus or coach up to 12 m long 50 mph 60 mph 70 mph
Goods vehicle up to 7.5 t 50 mph 60 mph 70 mph
Goods vehicle over 7.5 t 40 mph 50 mph 60 mph

Note: 70 mph≈110 km/h, 60 mph≈95 km/h, 50 mph≈80 km/h, 40 mph≈64 km/h For the magazine called automobile, see Automobile Magazine. ... A tonne or metric ton (symbol t), sometimes referred to as a metric tonne, is a measurement of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms. ... Mika Kallios KTM125 racing motorcycle A motorcycle, also called a motorbike or just a bike, is a single-track, two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. ... A travel trailer or caravan is a small trailer in which people can live and travel simultaneously. ... An articulated bus operated by the CTA in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A Go North East Bus parked in a lay-by in Tyne and Wear, England A bus is a large road vehicle intended to carry numerous persons in addition to the driver and sometimes a conductor. ... // Original meaning and etymology The original meaning of the term coach was: a horse-drawn vehicle designed for the conveyance of more than one passenger — and of mail — and covered for protection from the elements. ...

Dual carriageways

Main article: dual carriageway

While most drivers are clear about what a motorway is, some are confused about the definition of a dual carriageway. For a road to be classed as a dual carriageway, the two directions of traffic flow must be physically separated by a central reservation. A road where the two directions of flow are separated only by lines painted on the road surface is a single carriageway, regardless of the number of traffic lanes that may be available to the traffic in each direction. So a road with three or four lanes is still a single carriageway if there is no central reservation. This early German Autobahn uses a dual carriageway design. ... Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ... This early German Autobahn uses a dual carriageway design. ... The second proper album of Beth Orton, Central Reservation helped Orton build on the success of her debut Trailer Park. ...

Diagram of types of road in the UK
Diagram of types of road in the UK

Image File history File links Uk_carriageway_guide. ... Image File history File links Uk_carriageway_guide. ...

See also

  • Highway Code

Front Cover of the Highway Code The Highway Code is the official road safety manual for the United Kingdom. ...

External links

  • Highway Code Rule 103: Speed limits
  • Department for Transport. Speed: Know your limits (PDF)

 
 

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