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Are there any simple rules as to when we are restricted to 50 mph whilst towing?

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Yes, single carriageway national speed limit or when the limit on any dual carriageway/ motorway says 50mph.

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Maximum of 50 mph on single carriageways if the signs permit even if it is showing the national speed  limit

 

Dual carriageways and motorways maximum of 60 mph unless restricted by road signage.

 

https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/advice/legal/speed-limits/

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In the UK the only places with a higher limit than 50 for a car with caravan are motorways and dual carriageways which are 60mph unless there are lower limits in force,

50 everywhere else, unless there are lower limits in force.

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Just now, FrankBullet said:

 

Thanks, but I think you’ll find that’s what I actually said...

You said.....................single carriageway national speed limit

 

Is that not 60 mph in the UK? It's only 50 mph when towing a caravan.

 

 

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We are all saying the same, but we seem to be struggling to make it "simple".

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What is the reason for restricting us to 50mph on a single carriageway which is 60mph for cars?

This is why we caravaners get other road users upset when we hold them behind us and keep them to 50mph too.

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Not all single carriageway roads are safe to drive solo in excess of 50mph.

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22 minutes ago, David 38 said:

What is the reason for restricting us to 50mph on a single carriageway which is 60mph for cars?

This is why we caravaners get other road users upset .....

 

I don't give a monkeys what other drivers think when I am obeying a speed limit.

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8 minutes ago, DeeTee said:

Not all single carriageway roads are safe to drive solo in excess of 50mph.

Yes quite true but I think that is the case what ever road and what ever limit.

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The answer to my question summed up.

 

Dual purpose vehicle towing caravans :-

 

Built-up areas 30  mph   

Single carriageways 50  mph 

Dual carriageways 60 mph

Motorways 60 mph

 

Thanks to all.

 

 

 

 

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Seeing all the T and I being crossed/dotted needs 20 mph adding.

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46 minutes ago, Bolingbroke said:

 

I don't give a monkeys what other drivers think when I am obeying a speed limit.

Exactly, sod em! :)

 

And 'Speed limits' are just that, limits! You don't have to drive that fast.

1 hour ago, FrankBullet said:

Give me strength...

lol

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I know there is no such thing as a silly question.  It would seem that  new caravanners are often unsure of the legal side of carvanning and now that we have cleared up the speed limits, it would seem that towing mirrors are another thing that the new folk are a bit muddled over.

Put the caravan onto the car , put the mirrors on and when you take the caravan off the car the mirrors also come off. 

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17 minutes ago, BOAC said:

To anyone who is reading this and is more confused than ever, here is the answer to my question put simply.

 

Type of vehicle

Dual purpose vehicle towing caravans

Built-up areas 30  mph   

Single carriageways 50  mph 

Dual carriageways 60 mph

Motorways 60 mph

 

 

 

Sadly, that is also not right, it applies unless there are lower limits posted, for example its quite  often the case with dual carriageways there are 40 and 50 mph limits to all users.

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1 hour ago, FrankBullet said:

Perhaps, or could it be that this forum is a specialised place for arguing!

If you would like to look at a forum where members have a real good first class bitter and sometimes personal argument, try the Caravan and motorhome Club. They won't let you down!

 

This forum in my opinion is generally very informative and helpful.

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1 hour ago, David 38 said:

What is the reason for restricting us to 50mph on a single carriageway which is 60mph for cars?

This is why we caravaners get other road users upset when we hold them behind us and keep them to 50mph too.

There seems to be a general consensus among legislators and the industry experts that larger and articulated vehicles are inherently less safe than ordinary cars. This also applies to other classes of vehicle such as HGVs but the end result is, as is common with legislation, a bit of a muddle.

6 minutes ago, joanie said:

I know there is no such thing as a silly question.  It would seem that  new caravanners are often unsure of the legal side of carvanning and now that we have cleared up the speed limits, it would seem that towing mirrors are another thing that the new folk are a bit muddled over.

Put the caravan onto the car , put the mirrors on and when you take the caravan off the car the mirrors also come off. 

Perhaps someone should write a book setting out the basic legislation involved, and giving good advice, not just for caravanners, but also other road users. Perhaps they could call it a "Highway Code"!

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2 hours ago, JTQ said:

 

Sadly, that is also not right, it applies unless there are lower limits posted, for example its quite  often the case with dual carriageways there are 40 and 50 mph limits to all users.

 

About three miles away from me we have a piece of dual carriageway which is restricted to 30mph.   A favourite spot for the speed camera van to lie in wait - well hidden in the bushes.

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3 hours ago, JTQ said:

its quite  often the case with dual carriageways there are 40 and 50 mph limits to all users.

 

Very often just before cash machines, speed, Safety Cameras.

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16 minutes ago, Jaydug said:

 

About three miles away from me we have a piece of dual carriageway which is restricted to 30mph.   A favourite spot for the speed camera van to lie in wait - well hidden in the bushes.

Thought they had not to be hidden?

 

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5 hours ago, BOAC said:

Are there any simple rules as to when we are restricted to 50 mph whilst towing?

Its the law.....nothing is simple!! :lol:

https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits

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Although this is about caravan, it seem many commercial van drivers don't know their speed is restricted as well.

 

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9 minutes ago, oldboy said:

Although this is about caravan, it seem many commercial van drivers don't know their speed is restricted as well.

 

Thought they had limiters?

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5 hours ago, David 38 said:

What is the reason for restricting us to 50mph on a single carriageway which is 60mph for cars?

This is why we caravaners get other road users upset when we hold them behind us and keep them to 50mph too.

 

I can remember it being 40mph!

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1 minute ago, MalH said:

 

I can remember it being 40mph!

Still is for unbraked trailers.

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