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04 Jun Speed Limits in England, Scotland and Wales

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England

Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs for different signs.

For private vehicles without trailers in built up areas the maximum allowed is up to 30 mph (48 km/h) unless otherwise indicated.

Outside built up areas the general limit is 60 mph (96 km/h). For motorways and dual-carriageways the speed limit is general up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

Motor caravans with an unladen weight exceeding 3.5tonnes or motor vehicles adapted to carry more than eight passengers are banned from the outside lane of a motorway with three or more lanes.

Scotland

Standard legal limits may be varied by signs.

For private vehicles without trailers: in built up areas: up to 30 mph (48 km/h) unless otherwise indicated, outside built up areas: 60 mph (96 km/h), motorways and dual-carriageways up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

Motor caravans with an unladen weight exceeding 3.5t or motor vehicles adapted to carry more than eight passengers are banned from the outside lane of a motorway with three or more lanes.

Scotland has many rural roads which are mainly one-lane with passing places.

Wales

Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers:

In built up areas: up to 30 mph (48 km/h) unless otherwise indicated, outside built up areas: 60 mph (96 km/h), motorways and dual-carriageways up to 70 mph (112 km/h).

Motor caravans with an unladen weight exceeding 3.5t or motor vehicles adapted to carry more than eight passengers are banned from the outside lane of a motorway with three or more lanes.

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Linda Pototzki
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