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In most places the speed limit is displayed on circular signs displayed on both sides of the carriageway and if there are signs indicating speed limits these should be followed.

  • If there are no signs and it is in a built up area and there are street lights present (the street lights must be no more than 200 yard apart whether they are on the same or opposite sides of the road) the speed limit is 30mph.
  • If there are no street lights and it is not in a built up area (i.e. a country road) then the speed limit is 60mph, or 50mph if the vehicle is a goods vehicle such as a non car based van or a passenger vehicle with more than 8 passenger seats.

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