Do I need to attach "Do
not overtake turning vehicle" signs to my caravan /
If your motorhome or tow
vehicle and caravan / campertrailer is 7.5m or longer and
has a "DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE" sign on the back,
you are allowed to turn left from (or partially from) the
lane on the right of the far left lane.
If your motorhome or tow vehicle and caravan / campertrailer
is under 7.5 m long, you must not display a “DO
NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign on the back, and you
must turn within the lanes marked on the road at all times.
markings are generally too tight for large vehicles and you
have to swing wide to make a left turn. Try to position your
rig so that vehicles behind you cannot pass on your left and
make sure you have the best view possible of the road you
are turning into.
If you are
turning right from a one way street, your motorhome or tow
vehicle and caravan / campertrailer is 7.5 m or longer and
you have a “DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE” sign
displayed on the back of the motorhome or tow vehicle and
caravan / campertrailer, you can turn right from the lane on
the immediate left of the far right lane. When making
a right turn, make sure you have reached far enough into the
intersection before starting to turn into the street. If you
turn too soon, the side of your rig may hit vehicles on your
right as the back of your vehicle cuts-in to the turn.
Signs or Marking Plates
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport,
Regional Development and Local Government (Standards
Bulletin VSB 12 Rear Marking Plates) website states:-
‘Rear marking plates may also be fitted to
light vehicles. However, in certain jurisdictions if the
vehicle is less than 7.5 metres long, the plates must
have the words
“DO NOT OVERTAKE TURNING VEHICLE”.
Australian Standards AS 4001 – 2003 Motor
Vehicles – Rear Marker Plates Parts 1 and 3 (Manufacturing
requirements) and Part 2 (Fitting requirements) provides for
plates made from Class 1, Class 1A and Class 2
Class 1 retroreflective material is more
durable and because of its improved retroreflective
performance, when compared to the older Class 2 plates, the
plates can be smaller and yet reflect more light. Class 1A
pressure sensitive plates have been developed so that these
plates can be affixed directly to the vehicle without a
metal backing plate. You may use either style provided that
both plates on any one vehicle are of the same size and
material. Plates complying with AS 4001 are available in either
rectangular or strip configuration as illustrated in the
Figures 1 and 2 respectively.
Class 1 plates are preferred because they
outperform and outlast Class 2 plates.’
As requirements may vary from state or
territory please check with your Road Transport Authority or
Department of Transport for further details.