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New vans to come with speed limiters?

New vans to come with speed limiters?

All new vans should come with 70mph speed limiters as standard, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Despite government plans to increase the motorway speed limit to 80mph, the FTA agreed that 70mph was safer for van drivers and had fuel economy benefits.

The FTA chairman Gary Whittam commented:

"Simply put, a van travelling at 80mph will be using significantly more fuel than one at 70. You don’t need a calculator to work out that at over £7 per gallon, that's just burning money.

Without exception manufacturers can easily limit the top speed of their vans. So the question is, why don't they make limitation the default standard or at the very least a no-cost option?”

Earlier this month, research carried out by Cobra UK (provider of safety, security and telematics for the vehicle industry) suggested that by “setting the limiter at 70 mph, operators will see a 15 to 20 per cent reduction in fuel use."