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Old 08-03-2013   #31
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i always thought that at the time you had to have a window on the side to the rear of the driver to be aloud to do 70mph, so that is why they put it there
Speed limits for different classes of vehicles have always attracted the attention of the "Men from the Ministry" so I can't say for sure what the limits used to be for different types of motors. Certainly at one time the speed limit for heavier trucks used to be 20 mph, but, to be fair, that was before even I was born.

During my driving career, which for non cars started in about 1980, for car derived vans (Escorts and the like) the speed limit was the same as for cars, as was everything up to 7.5 tons gross on the motorways. Up to 3.5 tons, the old 35 cwt. category, they were the same as cars on all kinds of roads. For those between 3.5 & 7.5 tons it was 50 on single carriageway and 60 on dual carriageway National Speed Limit roads. For everything over 7.5 tons the limits were: 60 on motorways, 50 on dual carriageways and 40 on single carriageway roads.

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i don't think you was born then
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Some years ago, my wife and I went on holiday to the UK.
We were driving our 1994 Fiat Fiorino Pick-Up 1,7 Diesel.
When we drove into the Dartford tunnel, I had to pay toll for a truck.....which was much more than the toll for a passenger car... can you imagine,we were only two adults in a very small Pick-Up.....
Some time later, I even discovered that diesel fuel ( derf) was more expensive than petrol in the UK....!!
It's just the opposite here, diesel is about 25% less expensive compared to petrol...!!
We did have a great trip after all....!!
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Some time later, I even discovered that diesel fuel ( derf) was more expensive than petrol in the UK....!!
It's just the opposite here, diesel is about 25% less expensive compared to petrol...!!
We did have a great trip after all....!!
diesel was a lot cheaper here than petrol many years ago when very few cars ran on it, but when loads of diesel cars started to appear on the roads the government spotted gold and taxed it more, they should have added another fuel died blue or orange for trucks IMO to keep it cheap for them but they didn't
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diesel was a lot cheaper here than petrol many years ago when very few cars ran on it, but when loads of diesel cars started to appear on the roads the government spotted gold and taxed it more, they should have added another fuel died blue or orange for trucks IMO to keep it cheap for them but they didn't
If they had done that then car diesel and petrol would probably be about £5 per litre by now. It's only the fact that more fuel duty would end up on the price of almost everything through delivery costs that stops them loading more tax onto it.

Remember the fuel strikes? It was only the truckers that were fighting our corner, while sadly many car drivers just moaned about the slight inconvenience.
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