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Speeding

Excess speed for the conditions, or the limit, is one of the main reasons for accidental deaths and injuries on our roads. Speed limits are there to protect road users warning them of the dangers of the road and if caught speeding you could instantly face a minimum of a £100 penalty and three points on your licence or attend court.

Speed limits on the roads vary depending on the vehicle that you are driving. Here is a list of the speed limits and speed restrictions based on vehicle type:

Speed limits
(Type of vehicle)

Built-up areas*
mph (km/h)

Single carriage-ways
mph (km/h)

Dual

Carriage-ways
mph (km/h)

Motorways
mph (km/h)

Cars, motorcycles, dual purpose vehicles & car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight

 

When towing caravans or trailers

30 (48)

 

 

 

30 (48)

60 (96)

 

 

 

50 (80)

70 (112)

 

 

 

60 (96)

70 (112)

 

 

 

60 (96)

Motorhomes or motor caravans up to

3.05 tonnes maximum unladed weight

30 (48)

60 (96)

70 (112)

70 (112)

Motorhomes or motor caravans more than

3.05 tonnes maximum unladed weight

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

70 (112)

Buses, coaches and minibuses
(up to 12m in overall length)

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

70 (112)

Buses, coaches and minibuses
(more than 12m in overall length)

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

60 (96)

Goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes
maximum laden weight

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

70 (112)**

Goods vehicles more than 7.5 tonnes
maximum laden weight (England & Wales)

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

60 (96)

Goods vehicles more than 7.5 tonnes
maximum laden weight (Scotland)

30 (48)

40 (64)

50 (80)

60 (96)


* 30mph limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise

** 60mph (96km/h) if articulated or towing a trailer


 

Speed Awareness Courses

Some drivers may be eligible to attend a Speed Awareness Course rather than a fine and points on their licence. To be eligible you must not have completed a course within the previous three years and the speed of the vehicle must fall into a certain criteria.

Norfolk & Suffolk Constabularies follow the Association of National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) guidelines regarding the speed of vehicles.

Speed Limit Exceeded

Actual Speed to be offered a course

30

35 - 42

40

46 - 53

50

57 - 64

60

68 - 75

70

79 - 86

Course Contents

The course aim is to contribute towards safer communities by increasing drivers’ intention to drive at an appropriate speed within the speed limit. Courses can be taken anywhere in the country and are held in the daytime, evenings and at weekends.  The session is a classroom based interactive workshop delivered by a nationally accredited trainer and takes 4 hours to complete.  There is no driving involved.

For further information or to book a place on a course please visit:

Suffolk Roadsafe

Why Choose a Course?

  • No fixed penalty or penalty points.
  • No test.
  • Professional guidance and advice.
  • A chance to update your driving knowledge.  

How much does it cost?

Costs will vary around the country. The current cost is £90.

Safety Camera Team

The Safety Camera Team operates a number of mobile enforcement vehicles, which are deployed across the county of Suffolk.

Proactive speed enforcement only takes place in Suffolk at locations where there is an on-going risk of collisions, where a number of fatal or serious injury road traffic collisions have occurred or where there have been substantiated complaints from local people.

Locations where proactive speed enforcement takes place will be reviewed regularly by senior officers.

You can follow the team on Twitter for updates on camera locations here.

    Fixed Camera Sites

    Suffolk has four operational fixed camera sites:

    Concerned over speeding?

    Contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).

    Contact the Team

    Telephone: 01603 276979

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm.

    Email: [email protected]