The speed limit for lorries travelling on dual carriageways will increase from 50mph to 60mph from 6 April 2015.
Transport Minister Claire Perry said: “It is really important that speed limits for lorries reflect the needs of a modern transport network and improved vehicle technology. Britain has one of the best road safety records in the world and I am determined to ensure this continues. This change is about ensuring rules for lorry drivers’ speed limits are in line with other larger vehicles on our roads, creating a fairer and more proportionate system.”
The changes to speed limits will update previous regulation dating back to the 1980s.
The government has also published responses to a consultation on issuing on-the-spot fines for HGV drivers who take insufficient breaks from driving on longer journeys. The consultation showed clear support for government plans to give enforcement officers another weapon in the fight against irresponsible driving by both foreign and UK drivers.