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Speed limits in the United Kingdom United Kingdom

Last update: October 2017


Speed limits in the United Kingdom
There are standard speed limits in the United Kingdom (unless otherwise stated by traffic signs):

Speed limits for passenger cars (up to 3t):
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 96 km/h
on a highway 112 km/h
on a speedway 112 km/h

Speed limits for motorcyclists, passenger cars with trailers & vans:
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 96 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h

Speed limits for vehicles above 3 t:
Speed limits for buses, coaches and minibuses (up to 12 m overall length):
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 112 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h
Speed limits for buses, coaches and minibuses (more than 12 m overall length):
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 112 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h
Speed limits for good vehicles (up to 7.5 t maximum laden weight):
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 112 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h
Speed limits for good vehicles (more than 7.5 t maximum laden weight) in England and Wales:
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 112 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h
Speed limits for good vehicles (more than 7.5 t maximum laden weight) in Scotland:
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 80 km/h
on a highway 96 km/h
on a speedway 96 km/h
in populated areas 48 km/h
outside populated areas 64 km/h
on a highway 96 km/h
on a speedway 80 km/h

If there is no placed a road sign about the speed limit, the allowed maximum speed limit is 30 miles/hour (48 km/h).

All vehicles, with more than 8 passenger seats, must be equipped with a speed limiter must. The device must be installed, by a way limiting the supply of fuel to the engine to avoid exceeding the maximum permitted speed.