Keith Brown MSP, the Minister for Transport and Veterans, stated today that he will implement a 50 mph HGV speed limit trial on the single carriageway sections of the A9 between Perth and Inverness. The trial will run for three years.
Currently the limit is 40 mph for vehicles over 7.5t GVW, which has led to claims that this causes ‘bunching’ and frustration to following drivers, most of whom will be unaware that HGVs are restricted to 40 on stretches of the road.
But here’s the thing. Mr Brown said that the trial will be introduced at the same time as the Average Speed Cameras are introduced, as recommended by the A9 Safety Group.
The first of the cameras are expected to be introduced early next year and be fully operational by the Summer.
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