Angus Council is supporting a campaign to improve driver awareness and safety in the county. Tayside Safety Camera Partnership (http://www.safetayside.co.uk/) (TSCP) is taking the message of reduced speed limits for larger vehicles onto the roads in order to highlight these restrictions to other drivers. Angus has joined a number of other local authorities, local companies and public agencies, in displaying reminders to all drivers that the national speed limit is reduced for these types of vehicles on single carriageways and dual carriageways and on motorways.
The council’s vice-convener of Neighbourhood Services Jeanette Gaul said: “The council is delighted to support any initiative which promotes road safety, and to spread this message across Angus while our vehicles are out and about in the county.”
The campaign will see approximately one thousand vehicles across Tayside displaying the message that the speed limits for LGVs are 50mph on single carriageway and 60mph on dual carriageways, and for HGVs are 40mph on single carriageways, 50mph on dual carriageways and 60mph on motorways. Tayside Safety Camera Partnership (TSCP) has produced these vehicle decals for its partners and some local companies with the aim of raising awareness that these speed limits apply and people need to drive within them for the safety of all road users. LGVs and HGVs are heavier and have the potential to carry a large laden weight and therefore require more time and space in which to brake and stop safely. Reduced speeds can provide this necessary time and space.
Arron Duncan, TSCP manager, said, “We feel that this is an important message to remind drivers of, as larger commercial vehicles are regularly detected travelling over the speed limits and many drivers are not aware of the reduced speed limit that applies to them. We greatly appreciate the support of our partners and local companies with this campaign, as they are in an ideal position to bring this to the attention of all drivers, using and travelling behind their fleet vehicles.”
“TSCP carry out this type of educational work to encourage drivers to drive appropriately within the speed limits for their own safety. The difference in speed limits for larger commercial vehicles is one of the messages provided to all drivers as part of this speed awareness work, in the hope that it will explain the reason why larger vehicles travel at slower speeds, and may therefore reduce the levels of driver frustration and impatience, that stems from this lack of knowledge.”
Speed limits vary according to the class of vehicle and type of road. This applies to vehicles towing as well as larger vehicles. The simple way to avoid speeding penalties is to know your limits and drive within them. For full information on the speed limits table and other restrictions go to www.safetayside.go.uk and for regular updates on TSCP campaigns and camera locations follow on Twitter @Safetayside. http://twitter.com/#!/safetayside