Re: Is this a lost in translation
With the greatest respect, this is not "the same crap"; I know many find it surprising, but it is UK Law.
1) The Driving Course I've just been on, courtesy of Warwickshire Police :-)
"In the UK Highway Code, a built-up area is a settled area in which the speed limit of a road is automatically 30 mph (48 km/h). These roads are known as 'restricted roads' and are identified by the presence of street lights."
3) Section 125 of the highway code
"*The 30 mph limit usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise."
4) Section 82 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984
"(1) Subject to the provisions of this section and of section 84(3) of this Act, a road is a restricted road for the purposes of section 81 of this Act[F1if—
(a)in England and Wales, there is provided on it a system of street lighting furnished by means of lamps placed not more than 200 yards apart;"
In conclusion, on a road in a built up area (please tell me where there is one, we'll have a look on StreetView) and there are no signs which say otherwise, then the national speed limit does apply and, if you are driving a driving a normal car (i.e. no trailer etc), that limit is 60mph. UNLESS there is a pattern of streetlights. I think whether they are lit or not is a red herring --- otherwise such roads would not be restricted during the daytime, which would be nonsensical.