Weight limit in french towns?

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  1. WESTERNSTAR1

    WESTERNSTAR1 Read Only Funster

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    I HAVE RECENTLY READ THAT THERE IS A WEIGHT LIMIT OF 5 TON IN SOME FRENCH TOWNS OR VILLAGES.
    CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THIS PLEASE?
    WE TAKE OUR 1977 HYMER 720 TO FRANCE FAIRLY REGULARLY AND I THINK IT WOULD BE CLOSE ON THIS WEIGHT.
    CHEERS DON.:Smile:
     
  2. olley

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    Hi I have come across this but assumed it applied to HGV's not me, so just drove through.

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    weight

    more and more small towns are going this way, but it is 5 tonnes, which is heavier than 5 tons, but you may get fined, in france with u k number plates ?? watch out,
    I have been pulled over many times over the last 18 years, most road side/ service area or just spot check, when i ponted out to her in doors why not the french vans,,, she said i was paranoid,, so i put irish plates on,, i have since been in a line of campers and gendairme has walked along and pulled me out and sent me on way,,,
    even she has noticed,, so remember, just because you are paranoid dont mean they are not out to get ya,,, :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  4. lebesset

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    doesn't matter where you are ...a weight limit is a weight limit no matter what the vehicle is !

    as a matter of fact there are a large number of 3,500Kg limits in france , and the police are starting to get very tough about whether or not you are over this ...bear in mind the new speed limits/stickers /tolls etc

    french motorhomers are in a cleft stick , although many could upgrade their vehicles for nothing , they are not doing so because of the speed limit /insurance/tolls /licence /MOT implications ; if they are caught up to 5% overloaded it is just an on the spot fine , so stick to 3675Kg if you can ! last person I met who was caught paid €140
     
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    Don't know about France but in the UK if its got a picture of a lorry, then it only applies to goods vehicles.

    Olley
     
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    Frence police do not differenciate as to what the vehicle is, it is the weight that is the factor not the picture on the sign, so if it states 5 tonnes then that is the weight limit :cry:
     
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    Looks like I will have to be a bit more careful then. :Doh: Have to say in the four times we have been pulled, 3 by the duane and once after some tolls, each time once they realised we where Brits we where told to bugger off, in the nicest possible way.:BigGrin:

    Olley
     
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    Hi I have done exactly the same thing, Ian and not been nabbed yet Luckily!:Doh::Doh:

    But will have to watch it in future.

    Regards Pat
     
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    Sorry, but 5 tonnes is lighter than 5 Tons.
    1 UK Long Ton = 1.016 metric Tonnes.

    So, a 5 Tonne limit equates to 4.92 UK Tons.

    As previously stated, many French towns have a 3.5 tonne limit. In fact I have seen this far more often than a 5 tonne limit. 3.5 tonnes is also the MAM point at which many speed and licence restrictions start to apply.

    Philip
     
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    I'm either lucky or blind never seen a weight limit sign over there yet :Eeek:
     
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    I agree with lebesset and Jean Luc that many French villages and towns have a 3.5 tonne weight limit, that applies to all vehicles.

    The gendarmerie also use mobile weighbridges and are not adverse to fining Brits.

    Mike.
     
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