Confessions of an HGV driver

The maximum permitted speed of a truck weighing over 7.5 tonnes laden is 60mph on a motorway. However, if you were to drive at that, you’d have no margin if, for example, you were going downhill when the truck would naturally speed up and go over the limit. So, via the tachograph, operators set their own maximum speed – 56mph, typically. 

But some, such as the supermarkets, are lower still; around 52mph.

If I exceed my company’s 56mph limit, the tacho sounds an audible warning.

If I ignore it, it records an overspeed notice which my bosses will see when the tacho is checked each month.

If I make a habit of it, I’ll be fired.

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