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Speed Limits

Speed limits are set for various reasons but one of the primary considerations is safety.

30 mph is the most common speed limit found in towns and villages. This limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.

20 mph limits (either permanent or at certain times) are found in some residential areas or adjacent to schools or other buildings that are used by vulnerable citizens. Please click this link to view the Council's Policy for 20mph Speed Limits

The table below gives the speed limits applicable for vehicles dependent upon the type of road they are travelling on.

 

 

Built up Area

(Street Lit)

MPH

 

Single

Carriageways

MPH

Dual

Carriageways

MPH

Motorways

MPH

Cars and Motorcycles

(Including car derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden Weight)

 

30

 

60 70 70
Cars and Motorcycles Towing caravans or trailers
(Including car derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight )
30 50 60 60
Buses and Coaches (not exceeding 12 metres in overall length) 30 50 60 70
Goods vehicles (not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 50 60 70 (60 if articulated or towing a trailer)
Goods vehicles (exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 50 60 60

 

Exceeding the speed limit can result in points on your driving licence, fines and in extreme cases disqualification from driving. But just as importantly excessive speed is a contributory factor in around 40% of collisions resulting in death or serious injury.

 

Bedford Borough Council Road Safety Team  

   telephone (01234) 228336

Email road.safety@bedford.gov.uk