I thought there were strict rules (drugs, weapons etc) about when police could search inside your vehicle. On a routine DVSA inspection, wouldn't opening the garage be a search, rather than a vehicle inspection?
My concern is Phil is that if there is any grey area at all, then an (underhand, self funding) organisation such as the DVSA might try and make something about nothing which is why this matter surely needs addressing at ministry level so that any and all suspicion is removed, which is hopefully what the combined strengths of the C&MC and C&CC might be able to accomplish?Had a reply from The Caravan and Camping club technical department, and they have given almost the same reply as The Caravan and Motorhome Club. Phil
I hav'nt checked but maybe I forgot to post the email that I recieved from the head of department of HGV and PSV in Swansea.
These are the definitions in The Road Vehicles(Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 as amended.
a motor vehicle which is constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers and their
effects and which contains, as permanently installed equipment, the facilities which are
reasonably necessary for enabling the vehicle to provide mobile living accommodation
for its users.
a vehicle used primarily as living accommodation by one or more persons, and which
is also used for the carriage of goods or burden which are not needed by such one
or more persons for the purpose of their residence in the vehicle.
A motorbike is not needed for the purpose of their residence in the vehicle it is an optional extra so therefore the vehicle carrying a motorbike is a living van and not motorhome.
Those lockers are for carrying items such as an awning and furniture to use in that awning for example. Or a disabled scooter if one of the occupants is disabled.
If you do not like this, and it would appear that you do not, you will need to take it up with your MP to see if you can get that regulation changed.
Heavy Vehicle Technical Officer.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency | Ellipse, Padley Road, Swansea, SA1 8AN
Phone: 01792454206, Fax 01792 454387
I am obliged to emphasise that this advice is the view of DVSA and is not intended to be an interpretation of the law;
Only a court of law is able to give a legal, definitive interpretation
plus if you have a >3t van, it has to be a garage that can deal with class 7 MOTs (I know all Motorhomes are class 4, but non-Motor Caravan Class 4s stop at 3t) and >3.5t gets even harder on the lift aspect.The down side is trying to find someone with big enough facilities for 8mtrs plus vehicles.