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7.5 tonne Commercial Vehicles

Vehicles of 7.5 tonnes (GVW) are classed as regulated vehicles or vehicles that are in scope. The operation of 7.5 tonne vehicles is no different than that of other goods vehicles that have a greater MAM, inasmuch as that the same regulations and enforcement practices apply.

Although most of the regulation applicable to 7.5 tonne operation can be found under other sections within this website, we have compiled this page to emphasise the requirements of areas that have changed within recent years (such as speed limits and speed limiters), which now have an impact on these vehicles and their operations. Equally so, the introduction here of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) will be of particular interest in view of the increase in 7.5 tonne operations that have this type of ancillary equipment fitted on their vehicles.

Tail Lifts (LOLER)
Tail lifts should be maintained, examined and tested in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) which came into force on 5 December 1998 and aim to reduce risks to people's health and safety from lifting equipment provided for use at work. The LOLER regulations affect all lifting equipment, new and old, from 5 December 1998. They apply in addition to PUWER (see introduction to this section here Rigids & Vans)

In the main, LOLER replaced existing legal requirements relating to the use of lifting equipment, for example the Construction (Lifting Operations) Regulations 1961, the Docks Regulations 1988 and the Lifting Plant and Equipment (Records of Test and Examination etc) Regulations 1992.

From 1 January 1997 all goods carrying tail lifts on which a person is permitted to ride or on which the operator needs to stand on the platform in order to reach the controls will need to be CE marked. Tail lifts on which a person cannot ride should have been CE marked since 1 January 1995.

Examples of lifting equipment Key requirements affect
  • Passenger lift
  • Block and tackle
  • Vehicle inspection hoist
  • Scissors lift
  • Recovery vehicle crane or spectacle lift
  • Slings and ropes
  • Lorry loader crane
  • Refuse collection vehicle bin lifter
  • Suitability of equipment for job and location
  • Strength and stability
  • Positioning and installation
  • Marking of safe working load
  • Planning, execution and supervision of lifting operations
  • Examination and testing of equipment (eg after installation, in service)
  • Defect reporting and record keeping

For more information pertaining to the LOLER regulations please download the guide at the link below or visit the LOLER website.

Guide to LOLER Regulations - HSEPDF logo

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Speed Limits & Speed Limiters

Speed Limits
Although lower speed limits will apply in built up areas and on many local roads, all regulated vehicles may be driven at up to 50 mph on single carriageways and up to 60 mph on dual carriageways. The speed limit for a 7.5 tonne vehicle on a motorway is 70 mph. It must also be noted, that 7.5 tonne vehicles are not permited to use the outside lane where there are three or more lanes in use in the same direction.

There are many stretches of road where there are lower, locally set, speed limits in place, even on dual carraigeways. It is vital to keep within local speed limits and also to reduce your vehicle speed according to the weather, road and traffic conditions during your journey.

UK National speed limits for LGV's of 7,500kg MAM

Carriageways Speed
Local roads As marked
Single carriageway 50
Dual carriageway 60
Motorways 70
Remember that the speed limits quoted here are national limits, a lower speed limit will apply in built up areas and on many local roads. Where a lower speed limit is signed you must comply with those lower limits.

It should also be noted that Speed Limiters were introduced covering all 7.5 tonnes (GVW), which restrict goods vehicles not exceeding 7.5 tonnes to 62 mph.

Road Speed Limiters
From 1 January 2007 additional vehicles came into scope under the speed limiter legislation introduced in January 2005. The changes affected all goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum gross weight and all passenger vehicles with 8 or more passenger seats, irrespective of weight. The relevant date for fitting speed limiters varied depending on the gross design weight of the vehicle, engine type (such as Euro III), international or national usage and the date of first registration.
For further information regarding road speed limiters, please visit the Road Legal (Inc C&U) section of this website here Speed Limiters

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