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Carl D'Ammassa, TLS

D’Ammassa: law change

Speed limiters mandatory from 2007

A new law requires vans over 3.5 tonnes to be retrofitted with a speed limiter.

The law comes into force in January 2007.

It affects Euro 3 diesel commercial vehicles and minibuses registered between 1 October 2001 and 31 December 2004 and being used exclusively on UK roads with a GDW of 3,501-7,500kg.

Awareness among small businesses operating such vehicles may be low, suggests Carl D’Ammassa, director of asset management, TLS Vehicle Rental.

From January 2008, the same rule applies to all commercial vehicles and minibuses registered after 1 January 2005, whether used on UK roads or internationally.

D’Ammassa said: “A large number of bigger white vans have a GDW of more than 3.5 tonnes. Having them limited to 56mph could mean an increase in delivery times, especially for routes that take in dual carriageways or motorways.”

Typical large vans affected by the new law

  • DAF FA LF45.150 7.5t Box
  • DAF FA LF45.150 7.5t Tipper
  • Iveco Eurocargo ML 75E17K Tipper
  • Iveco Eurocargo ML 75E17S Box tail
  • Renault Midlum 180.08/B E3 Box tail
  • MAN TGL 7.150 Box C Day tail

Source: TLS Rental

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