When we are asked “Where you put your motorhome ?” and we answer the simplest way : “where there is room”, people are surprised and sometimes frown. “But you do not have the right to park anywhere, not ?”, “It is highly regulated in some places !”, “You easily find placeholders ?” are phrases that we often heard. Signs prohibiting parking of campers in such streets or neighborhoods such, bylaws establishing the rights motorhomes, the height limiting bars… Equally established fact that we too have believed before legal year round living in a motorhome. In front of the large number of bars preventing access to parking and turning looking for a place in true expedition we finally ask about this practice !
What was our surprise to discover the truth ! That today we hasten to explain to people who ask us or those who live like us and do not know.
A simple glance at the gray card (J.1 field) allows to know the kind of national motorhome (official name) : in this case VASP (Propelled vehicle which specializes Total Permissible Laden Weight is less than or equal to 3,5 tonnes), as well as the national designation of the body (J.3 field) : caravan. These two terms used to find the vehicle in’Order of 9 February 2009 (Annex V : List of genera and body, Paragraph A : Genres and body in force, Category III : Not specialized vehicles used for the carriage of goods). The motorhome is therefore within category M1.
Extraits de l’article R311-1 du Code de la Route :
Category M : motor vehicles designed and constructed for the transport of persons and having at least four wheels
M1 : vehicle designed and constructed for the carriage of persons and having, Also the driver's seat, eight seats up
Use of the motor, as a means of transportation, is equated to that of passenger cars, complying with traffic rules applicable to this category of vehicle and can park on the premises.
Voir aussi la directive 70/156/CEE, concernant le rapprochement des législations des États membres relatives à la réception des véhicules à moteur et de leurs remorques.
Thus reassured, we focused on those signs marking the icon of a motor barred. After peeling the complete list of road signs, can not put my finger on it, for the simple reason that it has no legal value ! It is not listed in the list of regulatory signs.
Only panels Highway Code regulate the movement and parking of vehicles. Some panels come close, but their meaning is clear :
B8 : No entry for vehicles used for the carriage of goods.
B9i : No entry for vehicles towing a trailer or caravan.
CE24 : Dumping station for caravans, motorhomes and cars.
C23 is the only regulatory panel for motorhomes (and caravans), it says at the entrance of a joint that parking is regulated, mean normally an area is provided.
What these bars height limitation that bloom at the entrance parking ? Let bar one elle-même, known road signs as the gantry K15 (family signs and temporary signs devices) is legal, its use on outdoor parking is not. As well as explained the’Article 9 of the order of 24 November 1967 on Signs of roads and highways (consolidated version of 18 April 2012) :
Signs and temporary signs devices listed below are used for signaling any obstacle or hazard whose existence is itself temporary or replace, temporarily, other signaling device.
It includes the gantry K15 as signal pre-signaling limited capacity. Its use must therefore be strictly limited for this purpose (advance warning of an obstacle : low trees, bridges, entries underground parking ... ).
There are some signs the number of a bylaw, giving the impression of a legal nature. But do not be fooled and do not hesitate to make a request in writing a copy of the order to the concerned town hall (some councils charge sheet, around 5 cents).
The mayor may compromise the circulation and parking of certain vehicles involving public tranquility, the air quality, protection of animal or plant species or protected areas, enhancement of landscape or site pursuant to Article L.2213-4 of the Local Authorities.
The ordinance shall mean the type of vehicle by template, are weight or its mass and can in no case be sent only for motorhomes, it is discriminatory in this case and therefore illegal. This applies even to the authorized parking and non day night, or prohibited in certain time slots (20h - 8am eg), again these prohibitions can not be solely motorhomes.
BUT, an order, even abusive and illegal, unfortunately must be respected. Only a tribunal can cancel. Attack a city is not an easy task, France in association seeks to protect motorhome : get the order and send them a copy remains the best course of action in our user level.
Liaison Committee of Motorhomes
3 Street Ropes
Parking – Official rules. Where and how to park ? (PDF)
Retrieved document there some time on a site that I can not find. If the applicant passes by, he did not hesitate to sign, I gladly add a link to the site ! In addition to the summaries of the author, document contains the interministerial circular of 19 October 2004 (à télécharger seule ici en PDF).
Sample letter to contest parking for PV (DOC)
A suitable detour, she has proven once !
Little word windshield (DOC)
A suitable and if necessary to share ! We leave on the dashboard when we parked in an area “risk” 😉 .
Attention, injunctions of officials directing traffic signals take precedence over all, traffic lights or traffic rules. Failure to do so results in a fine for violation of fourth class (Art. R 411-28 CR). A quiet discussion is the best solution ! 🙂
Comments are open, for any questions, inputs information, your experiences, etc.. The documents are available in alternative formats if you wish, ask ! 😎