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  1. ShiftZZ

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    What are the restrictions?

    Can you drive in the 'fast' lane etc etc
     
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    50 single
    60 dual
    70 motorway

    Outside lane only restricted if you are either towing or over 7.5 tonnes
     
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    Oh, and Specs cameras know if you are restricted to 60 - mate of mine was ticketed for doing 70 on A14 when he was restricted to 60. Ignorance was not accepted as an excuse......
     
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    What @DuxDeluxe said, and also be aware of weight restrictions. Particularly in France, where huge sections of motorway are 80kph for over 3.5t! A few countries in Europe do ban vehicles over 3.5t using the outside lane on a motorway, Belgium is one I believe.
    Apart from those, we have never really had an issue, and really appreciate the extra room we get from a big van :D

    As an addendum, if you are over 7.5t but have a speed limiter fitted, I was under the impression that you were permitted to use the outside lane!
     
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    Lane 3 of a 3 lane motorway has a 7.5 tonne weight limit.

    If you are over 3.5 but below 7.5 and have a speed limiter fitted you are also banned from lane 3.

    You can also not tow a trailer in lane 3

    Lane 2 of a 2 lane motorway has no weight restriction. Although some local restriction apply in some areas.
     
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    Class 3 on French tolls if you are honest!:)
     
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    Sorry @Jabberwocky I just looked up the road traffic act, turns out we are both wrong:

    It is an offence to drive a vehicle in the outside lane of a motorway which is:

    1. towing a trailer; or
    2. a goods vehicle with a maximum laden weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes; or
    3. a goods vehicle between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes without a speedlimiter being fitted; or
    4. a passenger vehicle which can carry 8 or more passengers with a maximum laden weight exceeding 7.5 tonnes; or
    5. a passenger vehicle which can carry 8 or more passengers with a maximum laden weight between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes without a speedlimiter being fitted.
     
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    Oooh! Thought of another one, you can't use the regular vignette in Switzerland or Austria. In Switzerland you have to register at the border, in Austria you need a go box to use the motorways.
     
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    White van man at risk then no limiter except pedal to the metal
     
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    Hmmmm, number three seems a bit odd. So if you are limited to what? 56 mph/65mph you CAN go in lane three of three but if you can get your overtake done more quickly say at 70mph your not allowed too? Seems a bit strange dunnitt? (n)
     
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    That makes good sense then, vehicles with a speed limiter at 56 mph are presumably allowed in the third lane!!
     
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    Why does that make sense when unlimited aren't allowed in the third lane?
     
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    Or just get a LiberT tag and let that decide what class you should be :whistle:
     
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    For abroad ... have 2 registration docs and plates for van ... one at 3,500kg and one at 4,250kg ... :rolleyes:
     
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    Hey! Don't shoot the messenger :D I only quoted the law :D
    And to be frank, I have no idea why an unlimited 5t vehicle is not permitted in the outside lane, but a limited one is!

    I think in this case the limiter in question is the kind that you set the limit yourself, Mercedes Sprinters certainly have them now. You set the limit, and the van won't exceed the limit, unless you hoof it to the floor. Which raises even more questions, the van does have a limiter, but there is no legal requirement for it to be switched on, just that it be present!
     
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    I think it's called irony:)

    Are you American?:)
     
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    I seem to recall around the Loire Valley especially different types of 3.5t limits, some applied to all vehicles, others only to goods vehicles.
     
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    Not unless they've moved notloB (n)
     
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    Don't tempt us.............. ;)
     
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    M Hs are neither goods vehicles or pcv s , speed limiters are not required, you may enter the outside lane if you are under 7.5ton and not towing. The 60 mph limit is a bit grey on dual carriageways, The Specs are set for hgv s on the A14 and A15. Single lane carriageway is now of course 50mph .
     
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