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Van speed limits UK
#1
The link below confirms that a Berlingo van is not a car derived van, hence a limit of 50mph on single carriageways and 60 on dual-carriageways

www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/info/safer-for-drivers/car-derived-vans

However, I always thought that the MkIII being based on the C4 platform IS a car derived van in which case the limit would be 60 on single carriageways and 70 on dual-carriageways.

If anyone here has a MKIII van, could they have a look at their V5 to see if it is described as a ‘car-derived van’ or not.

I also assume that if someone converts their multispace into a van it then has to confirm to the lower limits?

Its a daft piece of old legislation made when 'vans' had leaf springs and drum brakes. Unfortunately many drivers get fined for speeding without realising that they are breaking the law.
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#2
If a van style car has more than two tonnes gross laden then its classed as a van.
Mar 2002 Berlingo Multispace Forte 1.9D 166,000 miles
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  hi ,
       What the link about berlingo vans does  not say is that the berlingo/ partner  is based on the Peugeot 306 therefore a car

derived van , the multispace is a car derived from a van, therefore the lower speed limits should apply but not to the pure van
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#4
The link states incorrectly Nemo/Fiorino/Bipper although under 2tonnes laden are subject to van speed limits because there are no car equivalents.
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(14-03-2015, 02:20 PM)Opensauce Wrote:  The link states incorrectly Nemo/Fiorino/Bipper although under 2tonnes laden are subject to van speed limits because there are no car equivalents.

Well my Berlingo Multispace is 100% car - it says so on the V5. So you could argue that a Berlingo van is derived from the Multispace, just like a Fiesta van is a stripped out car.

Whatever the law states, I think it's interpreted as meaning that any van under 2 tons is allowed to do 70. I do remember reading that when the VW Caddy was launched it wasn't allowed to do 70 as it's laden weight was just over 2 tons. This may have changed since.
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#6
This explains the anomalies ...

http://www.whatvan.co.uk/news/2012/speed...er-drivers
Mar 2002 Berlingo Multispace Forte 1.9D 166,000 miles
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Reading that link it does say one Nemo driver had his nick thrown out on appeal & it then says 70 ok in Berlingo because it is a car derived van! What I do know is that if I drive on the A12 early morning, convoys of builders Transits pass me at speeds well above 70.   Big Grin
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My V5 says Diesel Car Big Grin
2010 (B9) Berlingo Multispace XTR HDi 112 - Kyanos Blue
Previously - 2002 (M49) Berlingo Multispace 2.0 HDi Diesel - Arctic Steel
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#9
Motorway speed limits are the same for vans as cars, its unrestricted dual and single lane carriageways that have a 10mph reduction.

All cars are cars, they do not have a van derived car classification

https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits
Mar 2002 Berlingo Multispace Forte 1.9D 166,000 miles
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Solent asked :

If anyone here has a MKIII van, could they have a look at their V5 to see if it is described as a ‘car-derived van’ or not.

I've got a MK3 L2 LX Van 2150Kg Gross, and my V5 says Body type "PANEL VAN", and Vehicle Category "N1". From what I've read on links above, N1 means that I can drive at 70 mph on dual carriageways.
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