March 02, 2020

What is the speed limit for a pickup truck?

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Thinking of buying a pickup truck? Do you know that the speed limits may change dependent on which model you choose? Our team of new van experts at Vansdirect take a look at all of the pickups for sale in the UK market!

Pickup truck speed limits

Speed limits vary between different pickups for sale in the UK, this can leave many with a nasty surprise if they are unaware of how fast they are legally allowed to travel in their pickups. Not only are they different from model to model, some pickups even have different speed limits between trim levels.

Some of the newer pickups for sale are heavier than previous models and as such are too heavy to be classed as ‘dual purpose vehicles’ and as such are subject to standard LCV speed limits which are 10mph slower on single carriageways and dual carriageways.

Why do some pickups for sale have different speed limits?

This is due to the Department for Transport’s classifications of vehicles, with a dual-purpose vehicle defined as:
“A vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and of goods or burden of any description, being a vehicle of which the unladen weight does not exceed 2040kg (two imperial tons)”

These classifications were established in 1987, where there wasn’t a one-tonne pickup truck on the market which exceeded the 2040kg unladen weight, however many new pickups for sale exceed this weight with their increased sizes, stronger construction and host of new safety systems. The speed limits for those pickups which exceed this weight are the same in built-up areas (30mph) and motorways (70mph), however they are lower on national speed limit dual carriageways (60mph instead of 70mph) and single carriageways (50mph instead of 60mph).

Which double cab pickups for sale are affected by this ruling?

Ford Ranger

New Ford Ranger Wildtrak pickups for sale

The new Ford Ranger double cab pickup is available in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Limited, Wildtrak and Raptor, all of which have unladen vehicle weights of more than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits apply to all new Ford Ranger double cab pickup trucks.

Mercedes X-Class

Mercedes vans for sale

The new Mercedes X-Class double cab pickup truck is available in three different trim levels: Progressive, Power and Element, all of which have unladen vehicle weights of more than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits apply to all new Mercedes X-Class double cab pickup trucks.

VW Amarok

New Volkswagen Amarok

The new VW Amarok double cab pickup truck is available in four different trim levels: Trendline, Highline, Black Edition and Aventura Black Edition, all of which have unladen vehicle weights of more than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits apply to all new VW Amarok double cab pickup trucks.

Nissan Navara

New Nissan Navara

The new Nissan Navara double cab pickup truck is available in five different trim levels: Acenta, Visia, Tekna, N-Connecta and N-Guard all of which have unladen vehicle weights of more than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits apply to all new Nissan Navara double cab pickup trucks.

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux pick-ups for sale

The new Toyota Hilux double cab pickup truck is available in four different trim levels: Active, Icon, Invincible and Invincible X all of which have unladen vehicle weights of more than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits apply to all new Toyota Hilux double cab pickup trucks.

So…. Which pickups for sale can I drive at standard speed limits?

Isuzu D-Max

isuzu d-max pickups for sale

The new Isuzu D-Max double cab pickup truck is available in six different standard trim levels: Utility, Eiger, Yukon, Utah, Blade and XTR, all of which have unladen vehicle weights of less than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits do not apply to all new Isuzu D-Max double cab pickup trucks in the list, however for special editions such as Arctic Trucks collaborations this may not be the case.

Mitsubishi L200

Mitsubishi L200 pickups for sale

The new Mitsubishi L200 double cab pickup truck is available in four different trim levels: 4Life, Warrior, Barbarian and Barbarian X all of which have unladen vehicle weights of less than 2040kg, meaning that light commercial vehicle speed limits do not apply to all new Mitsubishi L200 Series 6 pickups.

New Mitsubishi L200 pickups for sale

Looking for a new pickup? How about the excellent Mitsubishi L200? With a car-like driving experience, a class leading carrying capacity and the same speed limits as cars! Interested? Simply fill in a contact form or call us on 0800 169 69 95 to find out more!

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Pickup

Unladen Weight (kg)

Ford Ranger XL 2130
Ford Ranger XLT 2149
Ford Ranger Limited 2182-2234
Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2226-2246
Ford Ranger Raptor 2510
Mercedes X-Class Progressive 2160-2178
Mercedes X-Class Element 2225
Mercedes X-Class Power 2233
VW Amarok Trendline 2143
VW Amarok Highline 2180
VW Amarok Black Edition 2220
VW Amarok Aventura Black Edition 2260
Nissan Navara Visia 2070
Nissan Navara Acenta 2090
Nissan Navara N-Connecta 2115
Nissan Navara Tekna 2135
Nissan Navara N-Guard 2135
Toyota Hilux Active 2080
Toyota Hilux Icon 2080-2105
Toyota Hilux Invincible 2080-2105
Toyota Hilux Invincible X 2080-2105
Isuzu D-Max Utility 1909
Isuzu D-Max Eiger 1889-1907
Isuzu D-Max Yukon 1935-1953
Isuzu D-Max Utah 1921-1952
Isuzu D-Max Blade 1952-1964
Isuzu D-Max XTR 1961
Mitsubishi L200 4Life 1970
Mitsubishi L200 Warrior 2030
Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian 2030
Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian X 2035