Motorhome Speed Limits: Everything You Need To Know

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What does ‘unladen weight’ mean?

The unladen weight of a vehicle is the weight when it does not have any goods, passengers or any other items on board. 

According to the official UK government website, the definition of “unladen weight” is as follows:

“ The unladen weight of any vehicle is the weight of the vehicle when it’s not carrying any passengers, goods or other items.

It includes the body and all parts normally used with the vehicle or trailer when it’s used on a road.

It doesn’t include the weight of:

FuelBatteries in an electric vehicle – unless it’s a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair ”

The restrictions for motorhomes are different depending on the unladen weight which is based on a weight above or below 3050kg. 

The speed limits for motorhomes that have an unladen weight of less than 3050kg and no more than 8 passenger seats are as follows :

Motorways: 70mphSingle carriageways: 60 mphDual carriageways: 70mph

The speed limit for motorhomes with an unladen weight of more than 3050kg or can seat more than 8 passengers are as follows:

Motorways: 70mph (if fitted with a speed limiter)Single carriageways: 50mphDual carriageways: 60mph

Can I move around the motorhome whilst it is being driven?

Moving around your motorhome while the vehicle is in motion is against the law. Each passenger should be seated with their seatbelts on before the motorhome disembarks. 

When the motorhome is being driven, each passenger should remain seated until the vehicle comes to a halt and the engine is turned off. This means that no passenger should use the toilet, cook or move from their seat during any journey. We don’t want to sound too gloomy, but breaking this law could end in a hefty fine. So stay seated and belted at all times! 

Seatbelts in Motorhomes

It is important to note that motorhomes are designed to seat a certain number of passengers. Therefore, if a motorhome seats two passengers, you cannot drive the vehicle with more than two passengers as there would not be enough seatbelts. 

Side facing seats such as dining areas cannot be used for travelling on as they will not have a seatbelt. 

Many newer motorhomes (manufactured after 2006) are often compatible with ISOfix used for babies and young children. If you choose to fit a rear-facing baby seat in the front passenger seat then be sure to disable the airbag.

Other Motoring Laws To Be Aware Of

You may feel safer driving in a motorhome as they are larger than other vehicles on the road and higher up. However, the same rules apply to every driver out there. Here are a couple of rules that you may not be aware of:

Turn It Off

It is illegal to exit your car while the engine is still running. Even if you have seven other passengers to take care of the vehicle should anything happen, turning off your engine is the right thing to do.

It’s snow good on the roof

While the sight of snow may look pretty, you must clean as much as you can from your vehicle before beginning your journey. This includes all of the windscreen and as much as you possibly can from the roof. If you need to bake suddenly, then you may end up with a windscreen covered in snow.

Ditch The Mobile Phones

Nowadays, we can use our mobile phones for just about anything. There are apps to see real time traffic and maps that may be more up to date than your Motorhome Sat Navs & GPS. However, using a mobile when driving is strictly against UK laws and taking your eyes off the road for just 2 seconds can end horribly. So put them away and have a good old game of ‘I Spy’ instead!

Fog Lights

Fog lights must only be used in extreme conditions as they can confuse oncoming drivers which can be dangerous. They must only be used if your visibility is below 100 metres.

Before You Go

If you are driving a motorhome for the first time then we hope this article has helped put your mind at rest when discussing the legal speed limits. The speed limit mostly depends on the unladen weight of your motorhome so once you know this piece of information then the world is your oyster! Installing a speed limiter is also a useful device to avoid any nasty penalties coming through your letterbox.

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