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Speed limit notes

Items to be aware of

  • Cars towing caravan/trailer not exceeding 750kg 100 (62) on motorways; over 750kg 80 (49) outside built up areas and 100 (62) on motorways. If the total weight of the two vehicles exceeds 3,500kg, the limit outside built-up areas is 60 (37) and 70 (43) on motorways. To tow a caravan/trailer the weight of any caravan/trailer equipped with over-run brakes must not exceed maximum weight of towing vehicle. Driving licence must show entitlement to drive this kind of combination.
  • Motorcycles 80 (49) outside built-up areas and 100 (62) on motorways. Cars towing caravan/trailer 70 (43) outside built-up areas and 100 (62) on motorways.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 70 (43) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas.
  • All motorists who have held a driving licence for less than two years, 80 (49) outside built-up areas, 100 (62) on dual carriageways and 110 (68) on motorways (in wet weather these limits apply for all motorists).
  • In fog when visibility reduced to 50 metres 50 (31) on all roads. The standard legal speed limits apply to cars towing caravan/trailer if the total weight is less than 3.5 tonnes. However, if the caravan/trailer weight exceeds that of the car by less than 30%, a limit of 65 (40) (or any lower limit) applies, by more than 30% 45 (28). Additionally, limits apply on other roads as follows: 
    (i) 70 (43) on some important through roads.

    (ii) The upper limit applies to dual carriageways separated by a central reservation.

    (iii) The minimum speed in fast lane on level stretches of motorway during good daytime visibility 80 (49). The maximum speed on urban stretches of motorway is 80 (49) on the Paris ring road and 110 (68) elsewhere.
  • 130 (80) is a recommended maximum.
  • Temporary importation of trailer caravans is forbidden.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas. Motorcycles 40 (24) in built-up areas, 70 (43) outside built-up areas and 90 (55) on motorways.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 70 (43) outside built-up areas and 80 (49) on motorways.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 50mph on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas.
  • All motorists who have held a driving licence for less than one year 75 (46) outside built-up areas and 90 (55) on motorways. Cars towing caravan/trailer 75 (46) outside built-up areas and 90 (55) on motorways.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 20 (12) in built-up areas, 40 (24) outside built-up areas.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas - equipped with braking device 80 (49), no braking device 60 (37).
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 80 (49) on motorways and express roads (2x2 lanes); 70 (43) on express roads (2 x 1 lanes), dual carriageways and other roads outside built-up areas. 
    (i) 110 (68) on express roads (2 x 2 lanes); 100 (62) on express roads (2x1 lanes), and dual carriageways.
  • All motorists who have held a driving licence for less than one year 90 (55) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas. Cars towing caravan/trailer 70 (43) or 80 (49) outside built-up areas and 100 (62) on motorways.
  • Motorcycles 80 (49) outside built-up areas and 100 (62) on motorways.
  • Motorcycles 90 (55) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas. Cars towing caravan/trailer exceeding 750kg 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up area. The 90 (55) limit outside built-up areas is for vehicles not exceeding 3,500 kg. The maximum speed on urban stretches of motorway is 80 (49).
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 70 (43) or 80 (49) outside built up areas depending on category of road and 80 (49) on motorways.
  • Limits outside built-up areas may be 90 (55) or 110 (68) on some roads and 90 (55) on some motorways. Cars towing caravan/trailer equipped with brakes operated from the towing vehicle or, if without brakes, weighing no more than one-sixth of the weight of the towing vehicle 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas.
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer with laden weight of up to 1,000kg 80 (49) on all roads and motorways outside built-up areas, exceeding 1,000kg 60 (37) outside built-up areas and 80 (49) on motorways.
    (i) 100 (62) on semi-motorways (green signposting).
  • Cars towing caravan/trailer 50mph outside built-up areas and 60mph on dual carriageways and motorways.

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