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Caravans banished to slow lane on M5

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Old August 2nd 04, 09:45 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
David B
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Default Caravans banished to slow lane on M5

"Alex Heney" wrote in message
On Fri, 30 Jul 2004 21:24:43 +0100, "David B"

"Hitch Lock" wrote in message
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
David B wrote:

Any vehicle towing a trailer should be restricted to 90 km/h (56 mph)
same as lorries. Why should a car and caravan be allowed 60 when from
next year any new goods vehicle 3.5 tons will have to be fitted
with a 90 km/h speed limiter?

I don't quite see the logic of this! I suppose you might be able to

for outfits weighing more than 3.5 tonnes - but an awful lot of outfits

lighter than this.

Officially the HGV speed limit is still 60 mph just like car + caravan
combinations. It is only the EU which has decided that the max speed be
limited to 56 mph. Hence the 60 mph limit for caravans should be 56 mph

bring them into line with lorry speed limits.

Why? What have lorry limits got to do with caravans?

And this EU ruling is rather stupid anyhow. In many European countries
the limit for HGVs is 50 (80Kph), so the governors are (sensibly)
being set a little above that. In countries where the limit is higher,
the governors should also be set higher.

In this country the highway code speed limit for HGVs is 60 mph, the same as
car and caravan combinations. And besides car speedos over-read by 5 - 10
percent anyway so if they are doing an indicated 60 it will usually be a
true 56 mph which the HGV will be doing.

Only a few other European
countries allow speeds for car + caravans in excess of 90 km/h.

I think ALL the European countries that allow cars to travel in excess
of 90Kph also allow cars with caravans to do so. with the sole
exception of the UK.

Most countries in Europe do not distinguish between solo cars and cars
towing caravans with regard to general speed limits.

Have a look at this :

I believe in
France your insurance can become invalid for your caravan if you tow at

permitted 130 km/h limit.

Why would you think that? I have never heard of any insurance which is
invalidated if you are traveling within permitted speed limits.

This was something I saw for french cars and french insurers. It obviously
for french insurer dependent.


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