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Old 22-02-2009, 18:36   #1 (permalink)
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is it legal to camp overnight in a motorhome in a layby as i always see lorrys stopping overnight and i always thought it was illegal for them to do so
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hi and welcome to the fun.

with regard to your question......i dont think its strictly legal to sleep in your van in a layby as its still part of the road.

if the layby is set back from the road and a hedge or similar is between it and the road then i dont think you'd be bothered by the plod but you might still be told to move on if they're in the mood, so no wild parties with copious amounts of alcohol as you may have to drive.

you could use a layby being used by truckers and you probably wont be bothered but could you cope with the noise of their fridge units running all night and trucks coming and going at all hours
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Over the years I have had many "overnights" in lay-bys, we have our favourites, BUT only for one night En route to ????. I try to avoid the obvious ones, and the best ones are on bypassed roads where the "old" road has been downgraded. these are often known to the older generation of truckers and are quiet(er),as they are unused due to the old 7.5t restriction on Truck use, (dont apply to me m'lud as I'm a motorcaravan?!!).

The worst bit is that Most of the well used ones smell like S***H*****!!!!

Mind you do get some "funny" things going on, eg one I know is nowadays a regular haunt of "boy meets boy for good time" Nudge nudge, wink wink!!!. and my mate recently spent the night on one (old) layby only to be knocked up and "propositioned" by what looked like a 13 year old girl!!! good job his missus was in the van with him!!!, she told her where to go. . And there is one (allegedly) near newcastle which is used for the "sport" of "doging" (No idea what that is!!!)

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I have always felt comfortable overnighting in a layby, just one night providing it is off the road and not in a busy area. Annoyingly the laws for lorry drivers are different to us. We do not have an automatic right to sleep in the vehicle and there are often signs prohibiting it. Play it by ear. don't put out awnings, tables chairs or show internal lights that could confused motorists. Good luck
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As Wildman mentions, the laws for lorry drivers are different. This results from the restriction on driving hours which applies to lorry drivers so is a road safety measure which benefits all of us. Obviously, lorry drivers cannot pull in to a campsite/caravan park or CL/CS - which is, of course, available to people driving motorhomes (OK, I realise that some larger RVs might have problems).

The above notwithstanding, the advice given by others is sound.

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A layby is part of the highway and as such the laws re such apply. I have the the receipt some where for a ticket for parking in a layby on the A 66 @ Penrith because the vehicle was not showing lights.This is unlikely to happen to you but if you hack plod of they can do you.
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thanks for your reply derek but heres a question why is it the lorry drivers get away with parking in a layby all night as when i was driving 6 years ago they was not allowed to do so and you being a hgv driver do you park in laybys
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thanks for your reply derek but heres a question why is it the lorry drivers get away with parking in a layby all night as when i was driving 6 years ago they was not allowed to do so and you being a hgv driver do you park in laybys
all down to permitted driving hours.

you may be 20/30 miles from a truck stop which could put you 30 mins or more over your allowed hours.
pull in early and your boss aint gonna like it much.....30 miles lost.

the Gov made the rules so the Gov have to make allowances.
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