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Section 86.

SCHEDULE 6E+W+S Speed Limits for Vehicles of Certain Classes

Part IE+W+S Vehicles Fitted with Pneumatic Tyres on all Wheels(see application provisions below the following Table)

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Item No.Class of VehicleMaximum speed (in miles per hour) while vehicle is being driven on:
(a) Motorway(b) Dual carriageway road not being a motorway(c) Other road
1.A passenger vehicle, motor caravan or dual-purpose vehicle not drawing a trailer being a vehicle with an unladen weight exceeding 3·05 tonnes or adapted to carry more than 8 passengers:
(i) if not exceeding 12 metres in overall length706050
(ii) if exceeding 12 metres in overall length606050
2.An invalid carriagenot applicable2020
3.A passenger vehicle, motor caravan, car-derived van or dual-purpose vehicle drawing one trailer[F160][F160]50
4.A passenger vehicle, motor caravan, car-derived van or dual-purpose vehicle drawing more than one trailer402020
5.(1) A goods vehicle having a maximum laden weight not exceeding 7·5 tonnes and which is not—(a) an articulated vehicle, or(b) drawing a trailer, or(c) a car-derived van706050
(2) A goods vehicle which is—
(a) (i) an articulated vehicle having a maximum laden weight not exceeding 7·5 tonnes, or (ii) a motor vehicle, other than a car-derived van, which is drawing one trailer where the aggregate maximum laden weight of the motor vehicle and the trailer does not exceed 7·5 tonnes60[F260]50
(b) (i) an articulated vehicle having a maximum laden weight exceeding 7·5 tonnes, (ii) a motor vehicle having a maximum laden weight exceeding 7·5 tonnes and not drawing a trailer, or (iii) a motor vehicle drawing one trailer where the aggregate maximum laden weight of the motor vehicle and the trailer exceeds 7·5 tonnes605040
(c) a motor vehicle, other than a car-derived van, drawing more than one trailer402020
6.A motor tractor (other than an industrial tractor), a light locomotive or a heavy locomotive—(a) if the provisions about springs and wings as specified in paragraph 3 of Part IV of this Schedule are complied with and the vehicle is not drawing a trailer, or if those provisions are complied with and the vehicle is drawing one trailer which also complies with those provisions403030
(b) in any other case202020
7.A works truck181818
8.An industrial tractornot applicable1818
[F39].[F3An agricultural motor vehicle][F340][F340][F340]
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F1 “60" substituted by S.I. 1986/1175, reg. 2(1)(a)

F2 “60" substituted by S.I. 1986/1175, reg. 2(1)(b)

F3Entry added by S.I. 1986/1175, reg. 2(1)(c)

ApplicationE+W+S

This Part applies only to motor vehicles, not being track-laying vehicles, every wheel of which is fitted with a pneumatic tyre and to such vehicles drawing one or more trailers, not being track-laying vehicles, every wheel of which is fitted with a pneumatic tyre.

Part IIE+W+S Vehicles (Other than Track-Laying Vehicles) not Fitted with Pneumatic Tyres on all Wheels

(see application provisions below the following Table)E+W+S

Table
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Item No.Class of VehicleMaximum Speed (in miles per hour) while vehicle is being driven on a road
1.A motor vehicle, or in the case of a motor vehicle drawing one or more trailers, the combination, where—(a) every wheel is fitted with a resilient tyre, or(b) at least one wheel is fitted with a resilient tyre and every wheel which is not fitted with a resilient tyre is fitted with a pneumatic tyre20
2.A motor vehicle, or in the case of a motor vehicle drawing one or more trailers, the combination, where any wheel is not fitted with either a pneumatic tyre or a resilient tyre 5

ApplicationE+W+S

This Part does not apply to—

(a) a motor vehicle which is a track-laying vehicle; or

(b) a motor vehicle which is not a track-laying vehicle but which is drawing one or more trailers any one of which is a track-laying vehicle.

Part IIIE+W+S Track-Laying Vehicles(see application provisions below the following Table)

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Item No.Class of VehicleMaximum Speed (in miles per hour) while vehicle is being driven on a road
1.A motor vehicle being a track-laying vehicle which is fitted with—(a) springs between its frame and its weight-carrying rollers, and(b) resilient material between the rims of its weight-carrying rollers and the surface of the road,and which is not drawing a trailer20
2.A vehicle specified in item 1 above drawing one or more trailers each one of which is either—(a) a track-laying vehicle fitted with springs and resilient material as mentioned in that item, or(b) not a track-laying vehicle and each wheel of which is fitted with either a pneumatic tyre or a resilient tyre20
3.A vehicle specified in item 1 above drawing one or more trailers any one of which is either—(a) a track-laying vehicle not fitted with springs and resilient material as mentioned in that item, or(b) not a track-laying vehicle and at least one wheel of which is not fitted with either a pneumatic tyre or a resilient tyre 5
4.A motor vehicle being a track-laying vehicle which is not fitted with springs and resilient material as mentioned in item 1 above, whether drawing a trailer or not 5
5.A motor vehicle not being a track-laying vehicle, which is drawing one or more trailers any one or more of which is a track-laying vehicle— (a) if every wheel of the motor vehicle and of any non-track-laying trailer is fitted with a pneumatic tyre or with a resilient tyre, and every trailer which is a track-laying vehicle is fitted with springs and resilient material as mentioned in item 1 (b) in any other case20

ApplicationE+W+S

This Part applies to—

(a) a motor vehicle which is a track-laying vehicle, and

(b) a motor vehicle of any description which is drawing one or more trailers any one or more of which is a track-laying vehicle.

Part IVE+W+S Application and Interpretation

1This Schedule does not apply to a vehicle which is being used for the purpose of experiments or trials under section 6 of the M1Road Improvements Act 1925 or section 283 of the M2Highways Act 1980.E+W+S

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2In this Schedule—E+W+S

  • [F4agricultural motor vehicle]articulated vehicle”, “dual-purpose vehicle”, “industrial tractor”, “passenger vehicle”, “pneumatic tyre”, “track-laying”, “wheel” and “works truck” have the same meanings as are respectively given to those expressions in Regulation 3(1) of the M3Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1978;

  • car-derived van” means a goods vehicle which is constructed or adapted as a derivative of a passenger vehicle and which has a maximum laden weight not exceeding 2 tonnes;

  • construction and use requirements” has the same meaning as in [F5section 41(7) of the Road Traffic Act 1988];

  • dual-carriageway road” means a road part of which consists of a central reservation to separate a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in one direction from a carriageway to be used by vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction;

  • goods vehicle” has the same meaning as in [F6section 192(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988];

  • maximum laden weight” in relation to a vehicle or a combination of vehicles means—

    (a)

    in the case of a vehicle, or combination of vehicles, in respect of which a gross weight not to be exceeded in Great Britain is specified in construction and use requirements, that weight;

    (b)

    in the case of any vehicle, or combination of vehicles, in respect of which no such weight is specified in construction and use requirements, the weight which the vehicle, or combination of vehicles, is designed or adapted not to exceed when in normal use and travelling on a road laden;

  • motor caravan” has the same meaning as in Regulation 2(1) of the M4Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) (Great Britain) Regulations 1979;

  • motorway” has the same meaning as in Regulation 3(1) of the M5Motorways Traffic (England and Wales) Regulations 1982, as regards England and Wales, and Regulation 2(2) of The M6Motorways Traffic (Scotland) Regulations 1964, as regards Scotland; and

  • resilient tyre” means a tyre, not being a pneumatic tyre, which is soft or elastic.

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Amendments (Textual)

F4Words inserted by S.I. 1986/1175, reg. 2(2)

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3The specification as regards springs and wings mentioned in item 6 of Part I of this Schedule is that the vehicle—E+W+S

(i)is equipped with suitable and sufficient springs between each wheel and the frame of the vehicle, and

(ii)unless adequate protection is afforded by the body of the vehicle, is provided with wings or other similar fittings to catch, so far as practicable, mud or water thrown up by the rotation of the wheels.

4A vehicle falling in two or more classes specified in Part I, II or III of this Schedule shall be treated as falling within the class for which the lower or lowest speed limit is specified.E+W+S

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