Road width restrictions

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  1. Bryden

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    Probably a bit naive but when we brought our compact hymer I assumed it was no larger the most larger white vans at less than 6 meters and 2.1 meters wide.
    However after visiting Norfolk and the new forest I thought we had better check and see if we are over the 6'6" width restrictions that we drove through not being able to convert meters to feet ... Yes perhaps we should have known.
    1. What is the legal issues of use doing this?
    2. How do others navigate in Devon, Norfolk etc

    Note we had absolutely no problems driving on these roads and in fact found other larger MHs already at our end destinations.
     
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    Good Question
     
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    We use a truck sat nav that takes the dimensions and weight of the vehicle into account when calculating a route. All I can say about it is that it's never let me down so far. It's a Pioneer one that integrates into the radio.

    I've also got a selection of road atlases that show restrictions.

    I don't suppose you're going to have any legal problems unless you get stuck. I'm not sure there's a specific offence of driving through a gap that the signs say you're too wide for. You're far more likely to encounter another big vehicle coming the other way on a road that's nowhere near wide enough for you both. That's when knowing where all 4 corners of your vehicle are becomes vital.

    It is quite important to know your vehicle dimensions in both systems though - here signs are imperial, on the continent they are all metric. I know a lot of people have them written down in both and taped to the sun visor or somewhere convenient. No matter what precautions you take there's always the chance that you're going to come across a restriction you weren't expecting and you really need to know if you will fit through before you make the attempt.

    If you're not sure don't try it!!
     
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    I would expect the 6ft6in restriction to be advisory, not compulsory.
     
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    I would like to be sure on that one does anyone know how would you tell the difference looking at the road sign ?
     
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    If it's in a red circle, it's an ORDER!

    Not advisory, but statutory.

    But not for farmers, evidently!:)
     
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    Thank you for your response @NickNic I have never seen atlases (UK) that show restrictions who publishes them.

    We have a serviceable tomtom so we're hoping not to have to buy a truck/ camper version
     
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    Just had a word with my buddy...Google.

    Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive. Plates below signs qualify their message.
     
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    Or Johnie foreigner truck drivers.
     
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    I've got the Phillips Truckers atlas http://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/philips-navigator-truckers-britain/9781849074049 which shows width, height and weight restrictions. There are others available, I'm pretty sure the AA publish one.

    It's up to you with the sat nav but for me being able to trust that it's not going to send me somewhere daft was worth investing in a new one.


    Because it's half time in the rugby I've had a search around for whether width restrictions are enforced or not and the answer seems to be yes they are if there's a plod around that's bored enough to stop you and get his tape measure out. It's a £30 fixed penalty with no points if you get unlucky.
     
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    My driving instructor told me-

    A circular sign is shaped like an 'O' therefore it's an order.

    A triangular sign is shaped like part of a 'W' therefore it's a warning.

    A rectangular sign is shaped like an 'I' therefore it is for information.

    That's how I remember it!
     
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    We drive all the time in the New Forest and most often within the 6' 6" restriction zone - I am 7' 3" ish. ;) They are probably there as that road will be narrow, so to avoid and accident with on coming traffic they advise narrower vehicles. As the speed limit is 40 mph on the Forest, it is easy to pass on coming traffic quite slowly with just a wheel on the grass for the safety gap. :cautious: My sat nav tells me that my route is via a 6' 6" restriction zone so I have to accept this to continue on. As we know the roads it has never been a problem.(y) I haven't seen a Red Circle Prohibitive sign on the forest roads just the blue information signs.
     
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    Many roads in the lake district have 6ft6in restrictions.....but most have more than 6ft6in of tarmac never mind narrow walls or hedges etc
     
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    Been down some of those in the Lake District, found some roads without restrictions were narrow than the ones with remember a close shave with white van man with stone walls both sides.
    All roads we have been down with 6'6" restrictions have had "except for access on the sign", quite legal then.
    Did get caught in Scotland with a 3 ton weight limit we ignored came across a wooden bridge that was in such a state it didn't look like it would take 1 ton a hasty 50 point was called for.:)
     
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    And it helps if you stick the dimensions of the vehicle on the sun visor preferably imperial and metric, particularly the height if you plan to go to Rouen. :LOL:
     
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    you can also come across some roads marked as above but then find bollards that appear to be 6' 7" apart

    there is a narrow bridge near Lancaster, signed the same, you would barely get a PVC through

    I would never go through one unless I was very confident about the road beyond

    Same question I would think applies to motorway road works, you will never catch me in a lane with 6'6" limit, amazed me how many MH's I see either unaware or not bothered, I would expect a fine with all the cameras
     
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