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VAN drivers will be able to check how fast they should be travelling with the help of a new resource.

Research from Sussex Safer Roads Partnership shows that many van drivers are unaware that their vehicles are subject to different speed limits than car drivers.

Vans with a laden weight below 7.5 tonnes are subject to 50mph on single carriageways and 60mph on dual carriageways.

Police have produced a short film to highlight the issue.

Figures show a total of 409 van drivers were involved in collisions resulting in serious injury or fatality over the last four years in the county.

Figures also showed 327 car drivers were involved in collisions while driving for work.

The vans most frequently involved in crashes were Ford Transit and Ford Connect, Mercedes Sprinter, VW Transporter and Vauxhall Vivaro.

The video highlights that responsibility for staying safe on the roads does not just rest with the driver.

Company owners, directors and fleet managers also have significant responsibilities to ensure that their employees are safe on the roads under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act (CMHA) 2008,

This piece of legislation covers anyone driving on works business – whether making deliveries in a van or nipping out for a box of printer paper in a private car. Visit sussexsaferroads.gov.uk