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Surrey checks show van drivers 'confused over speed'

27 March 2011

A crackdown on speeding on the A3 in Surrey has revealed confusion among van drivers about how fast they can go.

During speed checks near Esher, van drivers told the Surrey Safety Camera Partnership they were unaware their speed limit was different to cars.

On roads with the national speed limit, transit vans can only travel at 50mph on a single carriageway and 60mph on a dual carriageway, a spokesman said.

He said vans could take longer to brake and the limit was for safety reasons.

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Only a handful of small vans were permitted to travel at the same speeds as cars because they weighed less than two tonnes, he added.

Surrey County Council has urged all van drivers to make sure they know how fast they are allowed to travel.

Council leader Dr Andrew Povey said: "With the boom in internet shopping over the last five or ten years there has been a huge increase in the number of vans carrying goods on the roads.

"However, it seems some van drivers assume they can drive at the same speeds as cars."

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