12 January 1996

Lower limits for lorries

FARMERS involved in haulage operations will wish to know that from 1 Jan 96 lower speed limits have been imposed for lorries.

All lorries from Britain and the European Union over 12 tonnes and registered from 1988 onwards, must now have a speed limiter fitted which does not allow the vehicle to travel at more than 56mph.

The new legislation – implemented by the European Commission – is designed to improve road safety, even though lorries are already considered by the Freight Transport Association to be the safest category of vehicles on UK roads.

Other legislation the motoring farmer may notice this year applies to coaches, which are now restricted to 65mph and cannot now use the outside lane of a motorway. &#42