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Old 24 January 2013, 09:00   #51
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I always use the sensible rule ....;

If it looks sensible the chance of being stopped reduces.....as I have a 'few' grey hairs and a Hyundai I've never been stopped ....I have towed 'normal' sized things ( not huge triple axle boat trailers or great big yachts)

When I had a 1.1 escort aged 17 I used to tow all sorts (just) and was stopped a few times...

Luke being a 'youth' driving a Saxo towing a quick fancy looking boat = pulled over ....

The fact of where he lives and they maybe have one copper to cover eveything may be his saving grace.

Just the way I see it .....
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Old 26 January 2013, 01:39   #52
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The other things you need to be aware of when towing are speed limits: these tend to be lower (see https://www.gov.uk/speed-limits) and motorway driving outside lane usage (see https://www.gov.uk/motorways-253-to-...ine-264-to-266).
On the "no trailers in the outside lane" thing - a lot of people seem to think that applies to dual carriageways as well. I've only ever been able to find anything " official" about it as a motorway restriction. Anyone know for sure?
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Yes it also applies to dual carriageways with 3 or more lanes.
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Yes it also applies to dual carriageways with 3 or more lanes.
Doesn't a dual carriageway only have two lanes, and therefore when towing you can go in either. This being the problem when two trucks are trying to pass each other.
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Old 26 January 2013, 04:12   #55
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Dual carriageways can have one, two or three lanes. A three lane dual carriageway will have green road signs and no hard shoulder.


Highway Code section 265 says:

"The right-hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes MUST NOT be used (except in prescribed circumstances) if you are driving any vehicle drawing a trailer"

I can't find any mention of dual carriageways. SW RIB Charter have you got a reference for this?
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Old 26 January 2013, 04:34   #56
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I can't find any mention of dual carriageways.
Nor me.

I have sent an e-mail to Surrey Police asking for confirmation one way or the other. They say they may take up to 10 working days to respond.
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This is the response I had from Surrey Police:

Good Morning,

Thank you for your email to Surrey Police.

I have checked our legal database and the only restrictions I can find for a vehicle towing a trailer/caravan etc is that it must not exceed 60mph.

Therefore you should be fine driving in either lane on a dual carriageway so long as you are adhering to the 60mph speed limit.

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Her use of the word "either" gives me the impression that she also believes a Dual Carriageway has two lanes.

My understanding of a Dual carriageway is that there is a central reservation separating the traffic going in opposite directions - this may be a solid kerb, a grass verge or a barrier.
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I can't find any mention of dual carriageways. SW RIB Charter have you got a reference for this?
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That says " Towed outfits are not permitted in the outside lane of a three or more lane motorway unless other lanes are closed."

Why do you think it applies to dual carriageways?
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My understanding of a Dual carriageway is that there is a central reservation separating the traffic going in opposite directions - this may be a solid kerb, a grass verge or a barrier.
That's correct, and they have 1, 2 or 3 lanes each side. There could be some 4 lane dual carriageways for all I know, but I can't think of any off hand.
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