The brilliant team at Driving for Better Business have launched the Van Driver Toolkit. This is a fantastic suite of FREE resources for van drivers – covering everything you need to know to stay safe on the roads as a van driver. The toolkit of modules includes licenses, fitness to drive, driving safely, driving safety, restrictions, smarter driving and seasonal driving. 

 For example, their section on speed limits includes: 

Did you know? 

  • Penalties for speeding range from £100 – £2,500 and between 3 and 6 penalty points. 
  • Drivers who go to court for speeding, could be fined up to 175% of their weekly salary and even be disqualified from driving. 
  • Speeding fines vary for certain types of roads and for different vehicle ratings. 

Many van drivers are not aware that speed limits for most light commercial vehicles (LCVs) are lower than passenger cars on carriageways.

As a rule, the UK speed limit for vans is 10 mph slower than the maximums for cars.

Speed limits for vans are lower due to vans often weighing more than passenger cars and having a higher centre of gravity, which means the stopping distances are greater. They are not as easy to control and they can inflict greater damage on other vehicles. 

It’s a really great resource, so if you drive vans for a living, or know someone who does, go have a look: