Weight Limits and Insurance Cover in Europe

It’s one of the underlying principles of the EU that things like this are dealt with consistently throughout the union – hence unified drivers’ hours laws, ADR, CMR etc. EU law states (somewhere) that if a vehicle can be driven legally in one member country then it can be driven in all member countries. If not it would give one member an advantage over another and breach some directive somewhere.

Posted under Insurance for Couriers, Uncategorized, Weight Limits for Vans

Posted by Alec at 7:02 pm, September 6, 2006

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    Well, if that’s the case Alec, then how come we are resticted in the UK to 3.5t total in a vehicle that is built to carry 3.9t and I’m sure (well at least I’ve been told) in some EU countries the allowance is up to manufacturers limits.
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    Actually I’m a bit puzzled by that remark. The ‘manufacturers limit’ on your vehicle IS 3500kg. The limit is set by the manufacturer so that it falls within the limit for being able to be driven in Europe, on a European Category B licence, without a tacho.

    The vehicle category and the 3500kg limit for driving without a tacho is set by the EU and I’d be extremely surprised to find that any countries had been allowed a derogation from it. Maybe some of the new entrants have been allowed time to come into line though?

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    Also, hasn’t there been a lot of uproar in the transport industry due to EU based drivers getting away with flouting UK laws due to the different laws and limitations in their home countries. If it works one way then it should work the other!
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    I think the problem is that VOSA & the UK Police don’t tend to enforce laws against foreign drivers as strictly as they could do. In some European countries you can be fined on the spot or locked up for minor offences while in the UK your details are taken for future action. The UK Police often just can’t be arsed doing anything against foreign drivers because there’s too much paperwork involved and the chances of them actually following something through to a prosecution are so remote.

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    Mind you i think one of the EU members allows 6 axles @ 50t
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    He asked for non-authorative and that’s what he got.

    Actually I didn’t even answer his question so that’s 0/10 for me.

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    EU law states (somewhere) that if a vehicle can be driven legally in one member country then it can be driven in all member countries.
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    I was thinking of the rules regarding private cars, motorbikes, goods vehicles under 3500kg etc. If you can buy and register a vehicle in one member state it can be driven and registered in any EU state.

    The large goods vehicle thing is more complicated:

    “As regards to vehicle weights, the Directive does not set an absolute, harmonised maximum throughout the EU. It sets certain limits, which, if met, guarantee free circulation throughout the EU. The scope of the Directive, however, is not extended to national transport where Member States may set different limits if they wish, In fact, the maximum weight varies between 40 and 60 tonnes. For international transport, to guarantee free circulation the maximum authorised weights are:

    18 t for two-axle trailers

    24 t for three-axle trailers

    36 t for road trains, consisting of two-axle motor vehicle with two-axle trailer

    40 t for road trains, consisting of two-axle motor vehicle with three-axle trailer

    40 t for road trains, consisting of three-axle motor vehicle with two- or three-axle trailer

    36-38 t for articulated lorries, consisting of two- axle motor vehicle with two-axle semi-trailer, depending on axle spacing and suspension

    40 t for articulated lorries, consisting of two–axle motor vehicle with three-axle semi-trailer

    44 t for articulated lorries, consisting of three-axle motor vehicle with two-or three-axle semi-trailer carrying a 40ft ISO container as a combined transport operation

    18 t for motor vehicles with two axles, being part of an articulated lorry

    25-26 t for motor vehicles with three axles, being part of an articulated lorry, depending on suspension

    32 t for motor vehicles with four axles (two steering axles), being part of an articulated lorry if fitted with road-friendly suspension

    28 t for articulated buses.”

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