It is an offence to leave your caravan
on the road where it may cause an obstruction.
You are not permitted to stop overnight in lay-bys as
they are still part of the highway.
You cannot stop with your caravan at a parking meter.
If you leave your caravan unattended on the road at
any time it must be illuminated during hours of darkness. The exception
to this rule is if it is parked in any area where the speed limit is
30mph or less and the nearside of the caravan is positioned to the nearside
of the road.
It is an offence to carry passengers in the caravan
whilst you are towing unless they are authorised test personnel. This
law does not relate to the carriage of animals, however we would not
recommend this unless the caravan has been specifically designed or
modified for the purpose.
You cannot use the offside lane of any motorway which
has three or more lanes unless motorway signage tells you otherwise
or roadwork's are blocking the inside lanes of the motorway.
Caravans are limited to 60mph on motorways or dual carriageways,
and 50mph on all other road unless a lower speed limit is enforced.
Your caravan must be covered by at least third party
insurance whilst on the public highway. Whilst the caravan is coupled
tot he towing vehicle the vehicles motor insurance policy will normally
provide third party cover for the caravan. However some policies are
invalidated by towing or will not supply such cover, you are advised
to check your individual motor insurance policy. Any further cover for
whilst the caravan is parked off the public highway is not legally required
but is advisable to cover damage to the van or a third party whilst
on a caravan site, read our page on caravan insurance for more information.
You must also inform your insurers of any modification
to your motor vehicle, the addition of a tow bar to a motor car is classified
as a modification and if the insurance company is not informed your
policy may be deemed invalid in the case of an accident.
Other laws affecting caravanners.
When using televisions in your caravan you can legally
do so under the cover of your domestic TV licence, so long as the caravan
is occupied by someone who is resident in the household at which the
licence is held.
A caravan stored in the owner's grounds can be used
as a spare bedroom to accommodate guests as long as they are not paying
guests. Friends can bring their own caravan and stay within the grounds
of a house.
It is illegal for any caravan to be equipped with any
toilet that discharges its contents directly onto the road.