Private HGV Motorhome

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by ShiftZZ, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    Our Rapido is 3850kg and therefore a Private HGV, does that mean that as a HGV that it cant go in the fast lane of the Motorway?
     
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    What do you want to be in the fast lane for?

    Are you doing this "motorhoming" milarky properly? :Rofl1:

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    I would say you would be fine but here is the guide lines

    The right-hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes MUST NOT be used (except in prescribed circumstances) if you are driving
    any vehicle drawing a trailer
    a goods vehicle with a maximum laden weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes but not exceeding 7.5 tonnes, which is required to be fitted with a speed limiter
    a goods vehicle with a maximum laden weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes
    a passenger vehicle with a maximum laden weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes constructed or adapted to carry more than eight seated passengers in addition to the driver
    a passenger vehicle with a maximum laden weight not exceeding 7.5 tonnes which is constructed or adapted to carry more than eight seated passengers in addition to the driver, which is required to be fitted with a speed limiter
     
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  4. GJH

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    On a slightly different tack but also of relevance, speed limits are different from lighter vehicles. See Here.
     
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  5. aba

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    wouldn't be too sure on that one but as you can only legally do 60mph on the motorway as you are over 3500kg i wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    Not quite. Limit is 60 on a dual carriageway but 70 on a motorway - see link in my previous post :Smile:
     
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    Funnily enough I was involved in a case about this about 7-8 years ago.

    Not really my area of law but I thought what the hell.

    Facts were someone in a yank was pulled over for being in the fast lane. The individual must have contacted the USA firm ( cannot recall who it was ) and they asked my firm to challenge it on the basis that it wasn't classed as a HGV.

    We turned up in Court and the prosecution offered no evidence so it was booted out.

    There may have been cases since that I dont know about but certainly the CPS didn't fancy it at the time.
     
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    anyway think of all that extra fuel you will save by doing 60 in that really non-aerodynamic motorhome:thumb:
     
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    Until you come across some bloody minded middle lane hoggers (and there are lots of them), doing high 50 something, forcing you to speed up in order to pass them safely in the overtaking lane. :Angry:.............:Wink:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    Like Aba I thought I could only do 60 on a motorway, so good information.:Smile:
     
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    i dont care 60mph is quite fast enough at least i may have a slightly better chance of stopping than if doing 70mph when the car driver cuts me up approaching the exit slip road that they nearly missed because their I-Phone seemed more important than the road signs:Doh:

    although saying that i may be able to use 6th gear if i did 70.
     
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    Whats all this about a fast lane on a motorway or dual carriageway. I thought all other lanes other than the inside lane were overtaking lanes.:Smile:
     
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    I like aBBa too, but how fast can you go to steppnwolf:Eeek:


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    I use the M25 a lot.

    I find all lanes are overtaking lanes these days.

    Just pick a lane and go for it.
     
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    Interestingly, the link provided by GJH earlier suggests that the Speed limits all change when the vehicle exceeds 3050 Kgs which is an unusual weight.

    I had in my mind that the magic figure was infact 3500 Kgs ( 450 Kgs More )

    Maybe a typo but never the less misleading

    Neil
     
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    Not a typo Neil. 3050 Kg is the metric equivalent of 3 Imperial tons. The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 uses metric weights but its predecessors used Imperial weights.
     
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    Hi Neil,

    No, the figure is definitely 3.05 tonnes (3,050kgs), which I agree is confusing. There must be thousands who have been caught out by that one.

    BTW, there are two speed/safety cameras in Lincolnshire, on a single carriageway that I go through at 50mph in the MH, and although they always flash me, I never get a ticket. :Wink:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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    I plod along at 60mph (100kph) when on motorways, I seem to get to my destination about the same time as the speeders doing 70 & 80 as they nearly always meet something to slow them down, usually someone in the outside lane doing 60mph.

    Anyway the vehicle sways to much after 60mph especially if a slight side wind.
     
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