Campervan and Motorhome legal Speed Limits Explained

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What are The Speed Limits for Campervans?

If you are new to the world of motorhomes and campervans, but your first campervan road trip is fast approaching, you may be asking your self what are the legal speed limits for campervans. If you own a manufacturing campervan take a Hobby manufactured motorhome for example, then it will be officially classified as a motorhome, and you can check the unladen weight and adhere to the speed guidance below. 

When it comes to campervan conversions a Mazda Bongo for example it can get more than a little confusing, the best advice if unsure is to prioritise safety and stay within the lower speed limits. Do not drive too slow as to be a hazard, but drive at safe speed and remember to allow extra braking distance.  

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The guide below is correct as of 2023, but things do change and best to check direct with the government website for any changes.

In general, campervans or motorhomes fall into one of 2 categories, as below. The second category will have further restriction, but only for motorhomes that exceed 12 meters in length 

Campervans with an Unladen Weight that is Less than or equal to, 3050kg / 3.05 Tonnes

If your campervan or motorhome is below 3.05 tonnes when empty or doesn’t have more than 8 passenger seats, then the following limits will apply.

  • Built-up Areas: 30 mph
  • Single Carriageways: 60mph
  • Dual Carriageways: 70mph
  • Motorways: 70mph

Campervans with an Unladen Weight that is Greater than 3050kg / 3.05 Tonnes

  • Built-up Areas: 30 mph
  • Single Carriageways: 50mph
  • Dual Carriageways: 70mph
  • Motorways: 70mph

Can You Overtake On A Motorway When Driving A Motorhome?

If the vehicle weight is under 3.5 tonnes, you are permitted to drive in the outside lane of a motorway. If your motorhome is over 3.5 tonnes, then you are only permitted to drive in the outside lane if you have fitted a limiter. Motorhomes with trailers are prohibited from using the outside lanes of motorways.

What are The Speed Limits When Driving A Campervan In Europe?

For more information on speed limits in Europe, check out this comprehensive article by the Caravan Club

What Not To Do in a Moving Campervan

When a campervan or motorhome is on the road and moving, you can not treat it like a living area, and you must abide by the rules of the road. Once in motion all occupants must remain seated with seatbelts on, this will of course prevent you from doing any of the following.

  • Using the Toilet : If you need to use, you must get the driver to pull over to a lay by
  • Going for Snooze : Snooze okay, but stay in your seat and do not be tempted to lie down in one of the beds. 
  • Cooking or preparing food : 
  • Getting a cool drink from the fridge
  • Get the idea? Legally, you must remain in your seat with seatbelt on as if you were in a car

Campervan Speed Limits Summary

When driving any vehicle, especially ones that take longer to bring to a halt, it is wise to put caution and safety first.  Safe driving will reduce the likelihood of a road accident.  This will also benefit you over the long term with savings on motorhome insurance Nresulting from having a good no claims history and being seen as less risk. 

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