As motorhome ownership becomes increasingly popular in the UK the number of such vehicles we see on our roads is increasing. However, before you go out and invest money in any motorhome it is important you clearly understand the rules of driving such vehicles in the UK.
Below we are going to provide you with some useful information to ensure that you keep to the rules of driving a motorhome in the UK.
As well as understanding the rules of driving a motorhome in the UK it is vital that you take care of your vehicle properly. Doing so through using the services of a good motorhome repair company will help ensure yours remains in good condition. Not only will this save you a lot of hassle but a lot of money. They can immediately identify any issues that could cause you a great deal of trouble in the future. They can also arrange for any essential repairs to the bodywork to be carried out by a good motorhome body repair service.
So what are the rules for driving a motorhome in the UK?
- You Have The Correct Driving Licence
It can sometimes prove difficult to understand what type of licence it is you need to be able to drive a motorhome in the UK. The driving licence that you will need in order to drive a motorhome is dependent on the vehicles MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) and your age.
MAM relates to the vehicles weight plus the maximum load that is able to carry. If you have a motorhome with a MAM of 3.5 to 7.5 tonnes then you will need to hold a Category C1 driving licence. For any motorhome over 7.5 tones MAM you will need to be the holder of Category C driving licence.
To find out if you have the above categories you simply need to take a look at the rear of your driving licence. On there it clearly states which types of vehicles you can drive without undergoing any further training.
- Size Of Motorhome
Currently, in the UK, you will find that the size of motorhomes allowed is restricted. You cannot register a motorhome that is more than 12 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. These particular measurements don’t include the driving mirrors, lamps, reflectors or rear bumpers.
There isn’t any limit as to the height of the motorhome you have, but if it is over 3 meters high there must be a notice showing the vehicle’s height. It should be in a prominent position for the driver to see it.
- Road Worthy
As with any vehicle, your motorhome should be road worthy. This means it needs to have passed its MOT. If there are any issues with your vehicle you should then seek out assistance from a good motorhome repair service. They will be able to carry out a full inspection of your vehicle prior to it having to undergo its MOT.
It isn’t only mechanical issues that could prevent you from taking to the roads in your motorhome. Any serious damage to the bodywork could also prevent you from being able to go away even for the weekend. So make sure that any damage to the bodywork is dealt with as soon as possible, preferably through using the services of a good motorhome body repair company.
- Correct Insurance
You need to make sure that you have the right kind of insurance cover in place for driving your motorhome in the UK. To be on the safe side taking out comprehensive insurance cover is important as it offers a lot more cover not only protecting your motorhome but also you and those travelling with you. You may also want to consider taking out breakdown cover as well. Should any issues arise whilst travelling you know you can call on a good motorhome repair service to help you out.
Hopefully the above will help to ensure that when you drive your motorhome in the UK you will have an enjoyable holiday. If you would like further information on motorhome repair services then please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here at DMR Motorhome Body Repair Specialists on 01302 711377. Alternatively, you can send us an email at email@example.com or by filling out our online enquiry form.