Speed limits applicable to motor caravans

Waiting for an internal review by Department for Transport of their handling of this request.

Dear Department for Transport,

According to The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 motor caravans are subject to the same speed limits a passenger cars. The Act also states that a “motor caravan” has the same meaning as in Regulation 2(1) of the Motor Vehicles (Type Approval) (Great Britain) Regulations 1979

In this Regulation it states: ' “motor caravan” means a motor vehicle which is constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers and their effects and which contains, as permanently installed equipment, the facilities which are reasonably necessary for enabling the vehicle to provide mobile living accommodation for its users'

For a motor caravan to be subject to passenger car speed limits it therefore does not appear to be a requirement that the Body type is recorded as 'Motor caravan' in the V5C document. Please confirm whether this is the case.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Clarke

Dear Department for Transport,

To clarify: motor caravans are subject to the same speed limits a passenger cars 'provided that their unladen weight is no more than 3050kg, and not exceeding 8 passenger seats'

Yours faithfully,

Andy Clarke

Dear Department for Transport,

Disappointed not to have yet received a response to my FOI request. The law states that you must respond within 20 working days, this has now passed, so a prompt response would be appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Andy Clarke

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Good Morning Mr Clarke


Further to your request to the Department for Transport, it is more
appropriate for the DVLA (being an executive agency of the Department) to
respond and I apologise for not doing so before now. However, this request
will be responded to at the same time as that request you made to the DVLA
on 16 August (Ref: FOIR7843 – ‘What are the criteria used in order to
approve a change of body type to a motor caravan’). You will already be
aware that you should expect a response to FOIR7843 no later than 14





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Dear Department for Transport,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

Thank you for your response indicating that this request has been passed to the DVLA. I have received a response from them however it was stated to be outside the provisions of the FOIA.

As far as I am aware DVLA do not have responsibility for speed limit legislation so I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Transport's handling of my FOI request 'Speed limits applicable to motor caravans'.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Andy Clarke