Caravanning Safety Subjects
On this page we attempting to provide you with links to information that have been researched or experienced by others or by expert authorities specialising in road safety. Personal safety, caravan safety and motor-home safety is paramount if we are to continue to enjoy this lifestyle.
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Do Not Overtake Turning Vehicle
Turning Vehicle Sign
If your vehicle (meaning the towing vehicle together with the trailer and projecting load)is 7.5 metres long or longer, you may have the sign “Do not overtake turning vehicle” displayed at the rear of the rearmost vehicle. This can be either a separate sign or the words can be incorporated on either the left hand marking plate only, or both left and right plates. By having this sign attached to the rear of your vehicle, other following vehicles must give way to you.
Please note that if your vehicle (meaning the towing vehicle together with the trailer and projecting load) needs to straddle lanes or turn from an adjacent lane in order to turn left or right at intersections, and it is 7.5 metres long or longer, you must have the sign “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE”. Not having “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign on these vehicles is illegal.
The “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign must not be displayed in certain jurisdictions where a vehicle (or combination) is less than 7.5m long. Source
Q. What are the
regulations regarding the use of 10 Amp power plugs?
A. All leads supplying power to a caravan must be 15 Amp sourcing their power from a 15 Amp outlet
Q. Are all power
supply leads to be 15 Amp?
A. 10 Amp leads cannot be used to supply power to a caravan.
Q. Some park
owners/managers in various states are claiming plugs are to be the transparent
type to allow inspection without dismantling and the lead to "tagged"
in order to be legal and be used onsite. Is this claim true?
A. There is no law that our Workplace Health & Safety consultants can establish that requires a transparent plug.
There is no law at this point in this QLD (or any other, we believe) requiring a privately owned lead to be tested and tagged. It is highly recommended.
A park owner does however have the right, and, duty to refuse supply to a lead if he/she believes it may be unsafe.
Q. If broken
down on the side of the road and carrying out some repairs eg. changing a wheel
or something similar, then you are required to wear a reflective vest.
True or false
A There is no law requiring private individuals to wear reflective vests as far as we can ascertain.
Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act, there are various categories of "Workplace" so different requirements can be in place for different situations.
The above answers were provided by Caravan Industry Australia (Queensland) No Boundaries thanks CIA (Q) for their time and information.