Towing speed limits...

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:25
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Have been in discussion with a few mates(smoe of whom have recently resided interstate) regarding the state imposed speed limits for towing... This came up as one guy is planning an around OZ adventure with a CT & tinny in tow, total mass of about 1150kg.

Some thought NSW had an 80km/h limit

Some thought WA had an 80km/h limit depending on the weight of the trailer

One bloke who only got his breif 3 months ago in QLD reckons he was told by his instructor(apparently backed up by some form of paperwork) that 80km/h is a blanket law across Aust

I'm pretty sure Vic, SA and NT are 100km/h (NT higher where safe)

I've spent the last hour and a half looking blankly at state road websites with no joy...

I seem to remember a thread about or close to this topic some time ago but a search revealed nothing.

Anyone care to share some thoughts on the subject???

Thanks in advance
Blue
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:39

Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:39
Greetings

Sadly the mis information is rife on this matter. Go her Towing Guide

Also a Google or Yahoo (AUS) will give you heaps of links

Regards

Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:58

Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:58
Thanks Paul, that's locked in my favourites now..
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Reply By: Exploder - Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:43

Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:43
Northern WA you see blokes towing 20ft boats doing 120Km/h

WA towing limit is 100Km/h, but yes I think it does drop down to 80 depending on weight in tow I think.

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Follow Up By: Jimbo (WA) - Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:49

Saturday, Jun 11, 2005 at 23:49
WA

"Vehicles towing caravans or trailers - max 100kph"

See page 26 of this
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 00:01

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 00:01
After staring blankly at page 29 for about 10 seconds I figured something was wrong... page 26(as suggested but woefully misread) was much more helpful.

Thanks Jim.
Blue
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Follow Up By: Uppy - Member - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 08:42

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 08:42
Hi Guys ,Ive just checked the road code for WA , and its 90 ks ,When I tow a c/t around .Its at 90ks and thats pass the cops.Dam ! ,If I can go faster I can open the chilly bin quicker.
regards uppy
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:58

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 11:58
Blue.

Are we in Vic allowed to do a U turn over double white lines?
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 15:15

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 15:15
iMusty, of course you are... But only if a taxi is coming the other way...
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Follow Up By: Member - iMusty (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 17:25

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 17:25
Oh very good Blue.

It's just that you are reading WA laws on that page and they say you can do it. Be carefull what you read on the net.

Towing just might be different between States too.
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Reply By: wallypop - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 05:52

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 05:52
i believe in nsw you can travel at 100 kph provided you have light truck tyers on the towed vehicle i have 4 on my caravan and have never been stopped for speeding hope this helps {len}
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:43

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:43
I figured NSW was 100, otherwise the police & RTA clowns would be targeting caravanners instead of keeping me(semi) on the side of the road for 45mins while one goon reads every page in my log book looking for an error... OK, I think that went just far enough off on a tangent... It is my thread and as such I can hi-jack it anytime I want...
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Reply By: muzzgit (WA) - Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 20:04

Sunday, Jun 12, 2005 at 20:04
In WA you can tow at 100 no matter how heavy. The law states your vehicle must be able to tow the tariler etc within its limits and anything over 750kg must have brakes. Road trains, buses, caravans, its all 100.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:47

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:47
Thanks for that, what you say confirms an earlier posted link. There still appear to be some (both here and in the greater population) who believe that there is a lesser speed for towing in WA... After seeing it in writing though, I'm pretty satisfied.
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Reply By: cmilton54 - Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 16:26

Monday, Jun 13, 2005 at 16:26
On towing trailer wieght is 750kg must have brakes, but it also comes under vehicle towing specs as well. if XYZ manafacturer states thier vehicle when towing a greater load than 500kg must have brakes, then that 500kgs becomes the threshold for brakes. Some of the small 4wd have a limit of 350kg
Cheers
Charlie
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