Laws and speed limits

Speed Limits

There are different restrictions for vehicles weighing up to 3050kg and those weighing over 3050kg.
Motorhomes, campervans and caravans with an unladen weight of up to 3050kg and no more than 8 passenger seats have the same speed limits as cars:

  • Single Carriageways: 60mph
  • Dual Carriageways: 70mph
  • Motorways: 70mph

Motorhomes, campervans and caravans with an unladen weight of greater than 3050kg or more than 8 passenger seats:

  • Single Carriageways: 50mph
  • Dual Carriageways: 60mph
  • Motorways: 70mph

As most of our motorhomes have an unladen weight of under 3050kg, the speed limits are the same as those for cars. Please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our team to clarify.

 

Seatbelts

Motorhome seatbelt laws differ depending on the manufacture date of the motorhome. As all of our motorhomes are shiny and new, they adhere to the laws of motorhomes manufactured after 2006. This means that the motorhome must have seatbelts for all designated travel seats in the vehicle and all passengers are required to use the seatbelts while the motorhome is in transit.
It is also important to remember that side facing seats cannot be designated travel seats.

Child seats fit?

All our motorhome fit child seats and are also compatible with ISOfix. Standard 3-point seatbelts are fitted on forward facing seats in the front and rear of the motorhome. 2-point lap seatbelts are fitted on rear facing seats. We always recommend using 3-point seat belts as these tend to be safer and longer to accommodate the child seat.
We have ISOfix car seats available to hire so please ask during the booking process.
If fitting a rear facing child seat in the front passenger seat then the airbag must be disabled. This can be done in the vehicle’s computer or via the ignition key. Please ask for assistance when collecting your motorhome.

 

Laws for what you can't do whilst driving a motorhome

Move around the motorhome:

all passengers must remain seated with their seatbelt on whilst the motorhome is in transit. No ifs, no buts

Cook:

Iif you can’t leave your seat, it should be self-explanatory that you also can’t get up to cook. But this is especially important to highlight as hot items on the stove in a moving vehicle is a very dangerous idea.

Use the toilet:

as convenient as it is to have a toilet on the road with you, because of seatbelt laws you cannot get up our of your seat to use the toilet whilst driving. You will need to stop at the next convenient place.

Tow in the outside lane:

if you’re towing a trailer or car behind your motorhome, or you’re towing a caravan behind any vehicle, you are not allowed use the outside lane of a motorway

Leave the engine running:

 although you’re not technically driving for this law, it’s an important one to remember. Whether this is during a stop on your journey or to try and warm up the motorhome in the morning, you cannot leave the engine running and leave the driver’s seat. The law states that you must be in control of your vehicle at all times when the engine is running, whether others are in the vehicle or not.