Trucks

Knowing the maximum speed for trucks if you are a professional transporter or have just obtained a C truck license is essential to avoid financial penalties and loss of license points.

In this post, from Chris Shilling Transport Training we tell you all the details about the speed limit for trucks: speed limit, penalties for exceeding speed limits, and what a speed limiter consists of.

Speed ​​limit

The maximum speed limits that cannot be exceeded, except in some exceptions, are the following:

  • On motorways and motorways: trucks, tractors, vans, motorhomes with a maximum authorized mass greater than 3,500 kg, articulated vehicles, cars with trailers, and other vehicles must not exceed 90 km / h, while buses, vehicles derived from tourism and adaptive mixed vehicles must not exceed 100 km / h.
  • On conventional roads:: trucks, tractors, vans, motorhomes with a maximum authorized mass greater than 3,500 kg, articulated vehicles, cars with trailers, and other vehicles must not exceed 80 km / h, while buses, vehicles derived from tourism and adaptive mixed vehicles must not exceed 90 km / h.

In this modification, one of the main objectives is the treatment of speed limits on conventional roads for passenger and freight transport vehicles, adjusting the limitations of these vehicles and reducing the speed differential with respect to passenger cars.

It is the way to ensure that the differences between the large types of vehicles are not greater than 10 km / h on these roads.

  • In trucks, it implies that in a block of roads the speed is standardized to 80 km / h, a limit that is common in the vast majority of the countries.
  • In the case of buses, the generic limitation to 90 km / h is due to the low accident rate of these vehicles. However, those vehicles dedicated to transport that are not equipped with a seat belt may not circulate at more than 80 km / h.

Penalties for exceeding speed limits

As you well know, speed is the cause of many accidents on the road, since it reduces reaction time and can also make it difficult to control the vehicle.

Therefore, speeding in cars, motorcycles, trucks or buses can not only lead to financial penalties, but also loss of driving license points, and even prison sentences.

In addition to these financial penalties and the loss of driving license points, the Criminal Code, as mentioned above, establishes that any vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.) that exceeds the permitted speed by 55 kilometers per hour on urban roads or 80 kilometers per hour on interurban roads can be punished with prison terms.

What is the speed limiter for trucks?

The speed limiter for trucks  is a mandatory system by law for some vehicles that transport goods and passengers.

Motor vehicles intended to transport people that have, in addition to the driver’s seat, more than eight seats (category M3) and whose maximum authorized weight is greater than 10 metric tons, must be equipped with devices in which the maximum speed is limited to 100 kilometers/hour.

Motor vehicles intended for the transport of goods and whose maximum authorized weight is greater than 12 metric tons (category N3) must be equipped with devices regulated in such a way that their speed cannot exceed 90 kilometers/hour; Taking into account the technical tolerance that is allowed in the current state of technology, between the regulated value and the actual speed of the traffic, the maximum speed will be limited to 85 kilometers/hour.

The truck speed limit is the maximum allowable highway driving or city street-driving speeds for trucks. Truck drivers are legally obliged to drive at a safe and reasonable rate of speed (of not more than 55 mph) while operating their vehicles so that they do not endanger anyone in any way, including themselves.

The truck’s speed limit is 25 miles per hour in the city, and 55 on a highway. It seems like this would be true for most cities but I am not sure how that correlates with other countries outside of America as they may have different standards.

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