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Van drivers must stick to lower limits or face the penalty, say police

By Alan Smith

Goods vehicle drivers had better be extra careful on Tuesday - as Kent Police and officers from the Safety Camera Partnership will be holding a speed enforcement day.

The campaign ties in with a Europe-wide crack-down called European Speed Week.

Officers will be particularly targeting speeding drivers of commercial vehicles under 7.5 tonnes.

They are planning to use a combination of roadside detection, safety camera vans and unmarked cars and motorcycles.

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Checks will be conducted on single and dual carriageway roads, where the normal speed limits of 60mph and 70mph, are lower for goods vehicles, which are restricted to 50mph and 60mph respectively.

Insp Martin Stevens said: “Most commercial vehicle drivers drive considerately and legitimately on our highways. However, those companies and drivers who choose to ignore the rules of the road are putting themselves and other road users at risk.

“Many drivers seem not to be aware that in a national speed limit zone the maximum speed limit depends on the class of vehicle and type of road.

“Some van drivers are surprised that their maximum legal limit on a dual carriageway is 60mph as opposed to 70mph.”

Steve Horton, road safety team leader for Kent County Council, said ‘In the last three years in our county, 75 people were killed or seriously injured either as a passenger in, or as a driver of a goods vehicle.

“Stopping distances are a crucial element in road safety and this can be influenced by both speed and weight.”

The penalty for a speeding offence is a three-point driving licence endorsement and £100 fine.

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