The British Horse Society has responded to the Department for Transport’s recent consultation on proposals to increase the speed limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads.
The British Horse Society is against increasing the speed limit for these HGVs from 40mph to 50mph on single carriageway roads. The Society believes that any increase in speed limits would encourage even faster, more dangerous driving to the great detriment of horse riders, who have very few bridleways on which they can ride safely. Higher HGV speeds will mean that overtaking traffic will have to travel faster to overtake, thereby increasing the risk of accidents.
Mark Weston, Director of Access, Safety and Welfare said: “The British Horse Society considers that there should be no such increase until a full impact assessment has been carried out into the effect that such an increase in speed limits would have on vulnerable road users, especially equestrians. It is important that nothing is done to increase the dangers of riding on our roads.”
A copy of the Society’s response can be seen here.