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INTRODUCTION In   February   1992   Council   Directive   62/6/EEC   was   issued   which   required   certain   categories   of   vehicle   to   be   fitted   with Road   Speed   Limiters.   This   was   followed   by   Council   Directive   92/24/EEC   which   set   out,   in   the   annex,   the   technical specifications   for   such   limiters. These   directives   were   then   incorporated   into   UK   legislation   by   amending   Regulation   36   of the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 by inserting sections 36A, 36B and 36C. (SI 3048/1993) In   November   2002   the   European   Parliament   and   Council   issued   Directive   2002/85/EC   which   amended   the   original Directive   92/6/EEC   to   extend   the   range   of   vehicles   to   which   the   Directive   applies.   The   Road   Vehicles   (Construction   & Use)   Regulations   1986   have   now   been   amended   (SI   2102/2004)   to   incorporate   these   new   requirements   which   came   into effect as of the 1st January 2005. From   1   January   2007   additional   vehicles   will   now   fall   into   scope   under   the   speed   limiter   legislation   introduced   in   January 2005.   The   changes   affect   all   goods   vehicles   over   3.5   tonnes   maximum   gross   weight   and   all   passenger   vehicles   with   8   or more   passenger   seats,   irrespective   of   weight.   The   relevant   date   for   fitting   speed   limiters   varies   depending   on   the   gross design   weight   of   the   vehicle,   engine   type   (such   as   Euro   III),   international   or   national   usage   and   the   date   of   first registration. Specifically   affected   from   January   2007   are   goods   vehicles   between   3.5   and   7.5   tonnes   and   passenger   vehicles   with more   than   8   seats,   irrespective   of   weight,   which   were   first   registered   between   1   October   2001   and   31   December   2004, have Euro III engines approved to Directive 88/77/EEC and are used on national operations in this country. In   addition,   goods   vehicles   first   registered   between   1   October   2001   and   31   December   2004   with   a   maximum   gross   weight between   7.5   tonnes   and   12   tonnes,   will   have   to   have   their   existing   speed   limitation   devices   recalibrated   from   60mph   to 56mph. If   a   vehicle   has,   or   is   required   to   have,   a   speed   limiter   fitted   and   working,   then   it   is   not   permitted   to   use   the   outside   lane of   a   three   or   more   lane   motorway.   If   the   vehicle   is   required   to   have   a   speed   limiter   fitted   but   it   is   not   working,   it   will   be illegal to use it on the public highway under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 The new Speed limiter regulations apply to; passenger vehicles over 8 seats but not over 7500 kg Design Gross Vehicle Weight (DGVW) goods vehicles over 3500 kg but not over 7500 kg DGVW The regulations are applied depending on vehicle age as follows: 1. Vehicles first used prior to 1 October 2001 - No requirement. 2. Vehicles first used on or after 1 October 2001 up to and including 31 December 2004 - For British domestic use only will require a speed limiter set such that the vehicle speed cannot exceed: 100 kph (passenger vehicles) (62.14 mph) or 90 kph (goods vehicles) (56 mph) The above were required to be fitted by 1 January 2007 if they had a Euro 3 engine with emissions approval under directive 88/77/EC. EURO 2 All vehicles with Euro 2 engines are not subject to the requirements. In addition the following vehicle types DO NOT need a speed limiter as they do not have engines approved under the relevant directive, and include: Any petrol engine or petrol engine converted to run on LPG Citroen Relay 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre HDi engines Fiat Ducato with 2.0 engines (engine code RHV) Ford Transit (all) Iveco Cargo all, except vehicles with engine code F4AE---. Iveco Daily all, except vehicles with engine codes F1AE---, F1CE---, 8140.43B, 8140.43N and 8140.43S with PIC code 'G.' (The PIC code is found on the ID plate on the Shut panel for the bonnet identified by the 3rd character.) LDV (all) Mitsubishi Canter with 'R' as the 12th VIN character Nissan Interstar all except vehicles with engine codes ZD3-A202, G9U-A754, S9W-A702 & G9U-A724. All Primastar. Peugeot Boxer 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre HDi engines Renault Master all except vehicles with engine codes ZD3-A202, G9U-A754, S9W-A702 & G9U-A724. All Trafic Vauxhall/Opel Movano with E,F,G,J,K,L,M,N,P,T or W as 7th VIN character Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro (all) Volkswagen (all except 2.5lt/2.8lt 109bhp/158bhp engine codes AVR & AUH respectively.) Other makes may similarly not be subject to the requirement for a speed limiter include, Vehicles first used on or after 1 January 2005: For British domestic use only these will require a speed limiter set such that the vehicle speed cannot exceed; 100 kph (passenger vehicles) (62.14mph) or 90 kph (goods vehicles) (56 mph) by 1 January 2008 If used internationally then speed limiters set to this speed were required from 1 January 2005. The exemption list of engine types above does not apply to these newer vehicles. ANNUAL TEST Speed Limiters are tested as part of the Annual MOT Test (plating) on HGV vehicles. REASONS FOR FAILURE 1. Speed Limiter Plate: a. Missing. b. Insecure. c. Not in a conspicuous position. d. Not clearly and indelibly marked with the required particulars. 2. Set speed marked on Speed Limiter Plate greater than: a. 90 km/h (56 mph) for a relevant goods vehicle. b. 100km/h (62.14 mph) for a relevant bus/coach. 3. Response speed of a. More than 92 km/h for a vehicle described in paragraph A in the application section, Or b. More than 107 km/h for a vehicle described in paragraph B in the application section. 4. Speed Limiter: a. Not fitted. b. Insecure. c. Actuating rods/cables disconnected or damaged so that the operation is obviously affected. d. Wiring disconnected or can easily be disconnected by unauthorised means. e. Tamperproof device missing or defective or showing obvious signs of interference.