Can You Break Speed Limit To Overtake?

Tue 6th Aug 2019

It’s one of the biggest misconceptions in the driving laws of the UK, if you are making an overtaking manoeuvre it’s fine to creep slightly over the speed limit, isn’t it?
Sadly, the truth of the matter is that, the Highway Code applies to driving in all circumstances and if you think a quick blast on the accelerator to pass that Sunday driver could land you a speeding ticket, a £100 fine and possibly three points on the licence, maybe even more if the manoeuvre is deemed particularly dangerous.

The official advice in the Highway Code is that when overtaking drivers should move quickly past the vehicle in front, but only when ‘safe and legal’ to do so.

Speaking to The I Francis Noakes, of the Get Licensed Driving School said: “From own experience, I know many drivers incorrectly believe they are allowed to break the speed limit just to get past another motorist.

“But let’s set the record straight – this is nonsense.

“The speed limit is the speed limit, full stop. It’s the maximum you’re legally allowed to travel on that road, no matter what you happen to be doing.

“Overtaking is no excuse for speeding. And if you have to break the speed limit to perform an overtaking move, then you should think twice about doing it.”

Figures released from the Government reveal that almost 8,000 vehicles were involved in an overtaking accident in 2017.