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Speeding

‚ÄčOne of the most important things that all drivers can do to try and keep our roads safe (as well as avoiding a ticket) is to drive within the speed limit at all times. We don't want to catch you speeding, we just want you to keep an eye on your speed and drive safely.

Always:

  • plan your journey and allow plenty of time to reach your destination
  • drive at an appropriate speed for the road and the weather conditions
  • stay calm and avoid conflict with other road users
  • keep an eye on your speedometer
  • keep a safe 2 seconds distance from the vehicle in front
  • remember that speed limits are a maximum, not a target
  • maintain the speed limits during both day and night
  • don't be pressurised by tailgaters to speed

Research suggests that if the speed of traffic is reduced by just 1mph, there would be a 5% reduction in casualties.

You will also drive more efficiently and save money.

These national speed limits apply to all roads unless there are signs to indicate otherwise. All speeds are shown in miles per hour (mph).

Type of VehicleBuilt-up areasSingle
carriageway
Dual
carriageway
Motorway
Cars and motorcycles30
30
60
60
70
70
70
70
Cars towing caravans or trailers30
30
50
50
60
60
60
60
Buses and coaches
(less than 12 metres long)
30
30
50
50
60
60
70
70
Goods vehicles
(less than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30
30
50
50
60
60
70
70
HGVs
(more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)
30
30
50
50
60
60
60
60

Find out more

For further information about speed limits and the penalties for exceeding them, please refer to the Highway Code.

Got a speeding ticket?

If you have received what people commonly call a 'speeding ticket', you will have had a 'Notice of Intended Prosecution' letter from West Mercia Police. If you have any queries about your notice, please visit the dedicated 'Got a speeding ticket' section on this website in the first instance, where you will find advice on completing your form, frequently asked questions and copies of current and archived camera calibration certificates. You will also be able to find contact details for the Camera Ticket Office.