Every week the LandCruise office receives penalty charges for hirers who unknowingly break traffic rules and regulations.
The cost of these charges can put a real damper on an otherwise great motorhome holiday. This is why we try to provide as much information as we can to help you avoid any unnecessary charges.
Here is a brief guide to the potential tolls and charges that you may come across whilst on your travels.
Most car parks require you to pay for the privilege. If you were to break the rules in any way a parking fine, or Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued. Reasons for receiving a PCN can include:
You will usually have 28 days to pay. In some cases, the fine is reduced by 50% if you pay within 14 days.
Please note that it is NOT free to stay in a motorway services overnight, and you may well be issued a fine if you do so without having first paid for the privilege.
A toll road is a public road that charges motorists a fee to use.
There are 23 toll roads, in the UK. The way to pay for these tolls varies.
Some can be paid online, some have manned booths, and others are covered by an electronic tag.
If you fail to meet the payment requirements of a particular toll, a penalty charge may be issued.
Please make yourself aware of any toll roads you may encounter, and arrange payment to avoid the issuing of a penalty.
Follow the link for a full list of UK toll roads.
All UK roads will have the maximum speed limit displayed on road signs, and are sometimes marked on the road itself.
Speeding tickets can be issued when a vehicle has been recorded travelling in excess of the stated speed limit, whether it be by a roadside speed camera, or the police themselves.
The fine and point deduction incurred will vary depending on the percentage over the speed limit the vehicle is caught travelling.
UK motorhome speed limits:
Built-up Areas – 20/30mph
Single Carraigeways – 50mph
Motorways – 70mph
Dual carriageways – 60mph
In large towns and cities, you may come across Bus Lanes. They’re specific lanes that, on certain days and times, are restricted to buses only.
They are clearly marked by dashed white lines or a solid white line, and the words ‘BUS LANE’ written in massive letters on the road itself.
All bus lanes have blue signs indicating their times of operation and types of vehicle permitted. They can vary significantly from road to road, so be sure to take note before attempting to enter a bus lane, as doing so when not permitted may result in the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice.
The London Congestion Charge is an £15.00 daily charge for driving a vehicle within the charging zone between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, and between 12:00 and 18:00 Saturday to Sunday and bank holidays.
There is no charge between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day bank Holiday (inclusive).
Road signs and markings make it clear when you are about to enter or leave the charge zone. Failure to pay the charge will result in a penalty notice. You can pay the charge by telephone on 0343 222 2222, or by visiting the Transport for London website.
Any vehicle using the Dartford toll crossing will need to make a payment, known as the Dart Charge.
This must be paid whether you are crossing the Thames via the Dartford Tunnel or Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.
You can pay for the crossing in advance or by midnight the day after, by calling 0300 300 0120, or online.
The cost of a single crossing in a motorhome is £2.50. Charges apply between 6am and 10pm every day, including Christmas and other bank holidays. Non, or late, payment will result in a £70 fine.
Many service stations (particularly motorway service stations) will restrict how long you can park while using their services.
Usually you have up to 2 hours free parking, however this can vary – so look out for the signage displaying limitations and cost of parking. This time restriction gives you enough time to use the facilities and enjoy a meal.
The fine for over- staying in a service station car park is £100 and every driver is monitored by a Parking Eye system or similar.
Smart motorways are in constant development in the UK.
This type of motorway uses traffic management methods to increase capacity and reduce congestion. Cameras along these motorways enforce variable speed limits and will automatically generate fines if you are caught exceeding the speed limit.
A box junction is a traffic control measure designed to prevent gridlock at junctions. It’s easy to recognise – in the UK, it’s a yellow box filled with criss-cross yellow lines painted on the road.
If you stop in a box junction, monitoring cameras will issue a parking fine.
Upon collection of your LandCruise motorhome you will be asked to sign our Rental Agreement, within which it states, that you, the hirer are responsible for any Fixed Penalty Contravention or Penalty Charge Notices that may be issued during your hire.
An admin fee of £25.00 will be added to the charge to cover administration and postage costs.