What's the max speed for towing caravans in each state ?

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What's the max speed for towing caravans in each state ?
Are the regulation same in each state now ?
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Reply By: Member - Willem- Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:06

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:06
Andrew,

I found the following on www.caravanandcampingsa.com.au and copied it as is.

Speed Limits When Towing

Open road speed limit.

Please note that, with the exception of the NT, the normal open road speed limit is 100km/h unless sign posted otherwise.

South Australia.

Normal sign posted speed limits apply.

ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria & ACT.

As for South Australia.

Tasmania.

90km/h when towing a caravan or trailer.

Western Australia.

90 km/h if total weight of trailer or caravan exceeds 750 kg.

100 km/h it total weight of trailer or caravan is below 750 kg.

Northern Territory.

Safe speed for prevailing conditions on the open road.

Motorists should remember that in some cases motor vehicle manufacturers place speed restrictions on a vehicle when towing over a certain mass. Ford only permits 100km/h if the load is less than 1200 kg. At 1600 kg this drops to 90km/h. The speed further reduces until at 2300 kg, 80km/h is the maximum. Holden takes a similar approach but also ties the vehicle speed to the type of towing equipment fitted. Spending a few minutes reading the trailer towing section in the owners manual is highly recommended.

Confusing????? Why can't we have uniform rules?

Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:26

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:26
Yeah, let's get rid of the states and cut out the massive replication of bureaucracy and cost.
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Follow Up By: Old Jack - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:36

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:36
Willem,
good work about the speed limmits, as for your comment about Uniform rules while we became a federation in over 100 years ago we havn't become one country yet! they are working on agreeing to the same road rules being phased in over the next few year, a bit like the National Heavy truck licence agreement. one day we may see ourselves rid of one level of goverment (the states)! Evertime you go to do something you get sent in a merry go round between state & federal rules Plus of Course local goverment!

NSW used to have lower speed limmit(80k/hr) & something like max tow weight 70% of GVM of tow vehical limmit until a few years ago you could tow a van or trailer into NSW from Vic & get booked even though it was ok in Vic.....
happy travelling
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 14:06

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 14:06
Just for interests sake.......There were some uniform rules applied in December 1998. These are that the maximum trailer/caravan(with brakes) weight must not exceed 1.5 times that of the tow vehicle's unladen weight. If the trailer/caravan does not have brakes then its maximum laden weight is not to exceed the unladen weight of the tow vehicle. Normally the GVM of an un-braked trailer is 750kg.Cheers, Willem
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 14:21

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 14:21
bugger getting rid of the states wa gets screwed over enough without giving any more power to the east coast based power hungry polies
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Follow Up By: Old Jack - Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 11:02

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003 at 11:02
Bruce.h (WA)
I welcome you expressing your opinion, it's unfortunate you possibly percieved WA's getting screwed each time the states treasure has to turn up & put his hand out he is only one of a number there. WA gets a very good deal for the size of it's population, Tasmainia wins big time!

The sad fact is that NSW gets clobberd every year by it's tax payers (income tax)having to subsidise tax payers in other states, Nsw goverment has the highest state taxes & the highest population of all the states followed shortly by Victoria. Others on this side of the federation can vouch for that.
If the states go when you want action in your local area you would only need to make one sitting member of parliment feel un easy about getting re-elected not the present joke where politicains get to blame someone else as a politician for the reason the local hospital is falling down & you cant get your roads fixed!

Hospital joke:- federal income tax is collected then payed to each state to fund hospitals, then each state goverment spends the allicated money on the hospital where it feels it needs to be spent(ie where it feels it will get the most votes) when the election comes & people complian that the local hospital is under staffed & the pensioners can't get surgery for 3-4 years they blame the federal goverment for not giving them the money for your local hospital! (pass the buck)
you then grump off and forget about until the next election & around you go again.

with no state:- you tell the local poli that if you don't get the funding for the local hospital you have no one else to blame when the locals vote in a new politician who can do the Job!

which would you prefere???

Happy Travelling

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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 15:06

Sunday, Jul 27, 2003 at 15:06
gday old jack
actualy the state that contributes the most to the financial cofers of the commenwealth is wa ,we may not have the population of the eastern states but we do have the vast majority of the countries wealth & resource based in wa & do contribute by far the most in taxes of all the states as to being better off with one goverenment yes wa would definatly be better off with just one government,roll on the the indipendent republic of western australia
viva the revolution
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Reply By: Hedonist - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:47

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:47
"Member - Bob posted this followup

Yeah, let's get rid of the states and cut out the massive replication of bureaucracy and cost. "

Good idea - let's start with Tasmania... ;-)
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Reply By: Alan H - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:59

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 13:59
Under the uniform rules it's now 100 kph for all size vans in WA.
Just think, one country, no State governments with their constant bickering with the feds., and a uniform way of doing things throughout the whole country!
It'll never happen, but dream on fellas.
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 20:30

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 20:30
In an attempt to remedy this situation, new regulations came into effect in December 1998 that nationalised the speed limits applicable to vehicles towing trailers and to the maximum ATM.

For vehicles towing a trailer with a GTM of less than 4.5 tonnes, the posted speed limits apply - unless the manufacturer of the towing vehicle has stipulated a lower towing speed limit. The only exception to this is in Western Australia where the maximum speed limit is 100km/h for vehicles towing a trailer with an ATM of over 750kgs.

this info came from a caravan set up site

steveits arrived just got to get photo and download
only 32 sleeps to go then off nth to darwin yeah
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Follow Up By: GOB member vic - Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 20:34

Friday, Jul 25, 2003 at 20:34
www.towingguide.com.au

steveits arrived just got to get photo and download
only 32 sleeps to go then off nth to darwin yeah
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