People will die if truckers stick to speed limits, says Lincolnshire lorry driver
A lorry driver who was caught speeding claims lives will be lost if he and other truckers stick to the limit.
Alan Kaye, 51, was caught doing 48 mph on the A15 southbound at Snitterby, by a speed camera.
The limit for his 44-tonne double-decker articulated lorry and other HGVs over 7.5 tonnes is 40mph on the single carriageway road. It is 60mph for cars.
Mr Kaye claims traffic police turn a blind eye to lorries that go marginally over the limit, and argues it is unfair that speed cameras give no quarter.
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And he wants the same speed limit for cars and lorries.
He admitted speeding in the Renault lorry at 3.30am on February 25 and was fined £60 and given three points.
At Lincoln Magistrates' Court, Mr Kaye, who was carrying parcels on the journey, argued that slow-moving HGVs prompt dangerous overtaking from some car drivers.
"Yes, I'm guilty of speeding," said Mr Kaye, from North Lincolnshire.
"But I truly believe this is a very dangerous position that lorry drivers are put in because of this law.
"I put it on record: the situation is bonkers and if it continues there will be accidents and fatalities and I'm here to stop this happening.
"Police just do not stop drivers for going over the 40mph limit but road safety partnerships do enforce it.
"Since all this happened to me I'm now a more dangerous driver.
"Car drivers have been overtaking me since I started driving at 40mph – I cannot tell you the amount of near misses I have had."
Speaking after the case, Mr Kaye, a Freeman of the City of York, told the Echo: "What I foresee is a head-on collision between two cars after a car has overtaken a lorry.
"It will be the lorry driver that's blamed for doing what we are told to do.
"Most car drivers are unaware that the speed limit for HGVs above 7.5 tonnes is 40mph on single carriageway roads.
"I'm arguing for equivalent speed limits for lorries and cars."
The Government is consulting on the speed limit for heavier lorries on single carriageway roads.