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Coronavirus update Last updated 9th July 16:00

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In line with guidance from the Government and to help look after our colleagues, most of our team are now working from home and are taking calls. However, waiting times are longer than normal and the quality of the call may not be as clear as if we were talking to you from our call centre. We're committed to supporting you in the best way we can and will be here throughout to keep you updated so make sure to check back regularly.

At this time, please help us to prioritise essential calls by using our online services.

  • If you're a car customer you can use MyAccount or the app to make policy changes or payments, including changing your payment date, checking your documents or to report or track a claim (MyAccount only).
  • If you're a home, bike or van customer, you can make policy changes or requests using our online forms.

If you do phone, we may only be able to deal with your query if:

  • Your policy is due to renew and you're concerned it's no longer suitable for you or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or
  • You are worried about making future payments, or
  • You're in a vulnerable situation or an NHS or frontline health care worker who can't easily access our online services, or
  • You need to make a claim and your vehicle is un-driveable or if you need urgent roadside assistance.

For all other queries, including buying a new policy, please first read our Coronavirus FAQs for the latest advice and help to use our online services.

Our opening hours have changed to: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Read our Coronavirus FAQs

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Coronavirus update Last updated 9th July 16:00

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  • We hope you and those close to you are keeping safe. Our teams are now working from home so we're very sorry if you notice the sound quality isn't as good as usual or you experience periods of silence. We're working hard on improving this so please bear with us.
  • Please help us prioritise urgent calls by only phoning us if you want to discuss your renewal or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or you're in financial difficulties and you're worried about payments, or you're an NHS or frontline healthcare worker.
  • For anything else, you can now manage your policy online. For latest advice and help to use our online tools, read our Coronavirus FAQs.

In line with guidance from the Government and to help look after our colleagues, most of our team are now working from home and are taking calls. However, waiting times are longer than normal and the quality of the call may not be as clear as if we were talking to you from our call centre. We're committed to supporting you in the best way we can and will be here throughout to keep you updated so make sure to check back regularly.

At this time, please help us to prioritise essential calls by using our online services.

  • If you're a car customer you can use MyAccount or the app to make policy changes or payments, including changing your payment date, checking your documents or to report or track a claim (MyAccount only).
  • If you're a home, bike or van customer, you can make policy changes or requests using our online forms.

If you do phone, we may only be able to deal with your query if:

  • Your policy is due to renew and you're concerned it's no longer suitable for you or you're thinking of cancelling your insurance, or
  • You are worried about making future payments, or
  • You're in a vulnerable situation or an NHS or frontline health care worker who can't easily access our online services, or
  • You need to make a claim and your vehicle is un-driveable or if you need urgent roadside assistance.

For all other queries, including buying a new policy, please first read our Coronavirus FAQs for the latest advice and help to use our online services.

Our opening hours have changed to: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Read our Coronavirus FAQs

What's the speed limit for a van in the UK?

In the UK, speed limits are not always the same for vans as they are for cars. This can cause confusion for drivers. Considering fines of up to £2,500 can be issued for speeding, van drivers need to know how fast they can legally drive on UK roads.

Anyone driving a larger vehicle for work will have taken an advanced test so will be aware of the different speed rules. But what if you've hired a van for a few days or drive a small van that looks almost identical to its car counterpart?

Van on a motorway.

It's important to know not all speed limit signs will apply to the vehicle you're driving.

Speed limits for vans

Vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes must keep to the following speed limits:

  • 30mph in built-up areas
  • 50mph on single carriageways
  • 60mph on dual carriageways
  • 70mph on motorways

This means that even if the sign on a single carriageway says 60mph or 70mph on a dual carriageway, if you're driving a van you need to drive 10mph slower than that. If you're pulling a trailer behind your van on a motorway, 60mph needs to be your maximum speed.

In some built up areas the speed limit will be reduced for all vehicles like around schools where the speed limit can be 20mph. You should always watch out for new speed limit signs.

Limits for car-derived vans

Car-derived vans (CDVs) look the same as cars but without rear windows or seats. Popular examples include the Vauxhall Corsavan and Ford Fiesta van. These are exempt from van speed limits and drivers can follow national speed limits.

However, the rules for CDVs can become blurry. For example, anyone driving a Citroen Berlingo Multispace can stick to the national speed limit. However, a Citroen Berlingo van, may not be classed as a CDV and be subject to van speed limits.

The speed limit depends on two things. First is the gross vehicle weight (marked on the vehicle's weight plate found on the door sills or under the bonnet). If it's more than 2 tonnes, van speed limits apply.

Second, even if the vehicle is less than 2 tonnes, the V5C registration document will confirm whether the vehicle is classed as a CDV. If not, van speed limits apply.

Limits for pickup trucks

Dual-purpose vehicles (DPVs) are another grey area. These are vehicles that can carry both people and cargo, have side and rear windows, are fitted with two rows of passenger seats, and are either four-wheel drive or have a rigid roof.

Most pickup trucks fall into the DPV category, so qualify for the national speed limit

However, if the vehicle has seating for more than eight passengers or is more than 12 metres long, then the lower van speed limits apply. Again, it is best to check the V5C registration document: if the vehicle is classified either a DPV or CDV, standard speed limits apply.

Limits for large vans

Under EU law, any vehicle that is more than 3.5 tonnes must be fitted with a speed limiting device. This is an advantage for drivers as top speeds are restricted to 56mph, but they will still need to pay attention to their speed in built-up areas and on single carriageways.

Just as you need to take care sticking to speed limits, you also need to take care when choosing an insurance provider. Find out about how you can protect your van with Hastings Direct.

Van insurance

Protect your van with flexible insurance options including breakdown cover and legal protection, so if things go wrong you can get back to work as soon as possible.

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