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The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I PRELIMINARY

    1. 1.Commencement and citation

    2. 2.Revocation

    3. 3.Interpretation

    4. 4.Application and Exemptions

    5. 5.Trade Descriptions Act 1968

    6. 6.Compliance with Community Directives and ECE Regulations

  3. PART II REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF VEHICLES

    1. A DIMENSIONS AND MANOEUVRABILITY

      1. 7.Length

      2. 8.Width

      3. 9.Height

      4. 10.Indication of overall travelling height

      5. 11.Overhang

      6. 12.Minimum ground clearance

      7. 13.Turning circle

      8. 14.Connecting sections and direction-holding of articulated buses

    2. B BRAKES

      1. 15.Braking systems of certain vehicles first used on or after 1st April 1983

      2. 16.Braking systems of vehicles to which regulation 15 does not apply

      3. 17.Vacuum or pressure brake warning devices

      4. 18.Maintenance and efficiency of brakes

      5. 19.Application of brakes of trailers

    3. C WHEELS, SPRINGS, TYRES AND TRACKS

      1. 20.General requirement as to wheels and tracks

      2. 21.Diameter of wheels

      3. 22.Springs and resilient material

      4. 23.Wheel loads

      5. 24.Tyres

      6. 25.Tyre Loads and Speed Ratings

      7. 26.Mixing of tyres

      8. 27.Condition and maintenance of tyres

      9. 28.Tracks

    4. D STEERING

      1. 29.Maintenance of steering gear

    5. E VISION

      1. View to the front

        1. 30.(1) Every motor vehicle shall be so designed and constructed...

      2. Glass

        1. 31.(1) This regulation applies to a motor vehicle which is—...

        2. 32.(1) This regulation applies to— (a) a caravan first used...

      3. Mirrors

        1. 33.(1) Save as provided in paragraphs (5) and (6), a...

      4. 34.Windscreen wipers and washers

    6. F INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT

      1. 35.Speedometers

      2. 36.Maintenance of speedometers

      3. 37.Audible warning instruments

      4. 38.Motor cycle sidestands

    7. G FUEL

      1. 39.Petrol tanks

      2. 40.Gas propulsion systems and gas-fired appliances

    8. H MINIBUSES

      1. 41.Minibuses

      2. 42.Fire extinguishing apparatus

      3. 43.First aid equipment

      4. 44.Carriage of dangerous substances

    9. I POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO

      1. 45.Power to weight ratio

    10. J PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS

      1. 46.Seat belt anchorage points

      2. 47.Seat belts

      3. 48.Maintenance of seat belts and anchorage points

      4. 49.Rear under-run protection

      5. 50.Maintenance of rear under-run protective device

      6. 51.Sideguards

      7. 52.Maintenance of sideguards

      8. 53.Mascots

    11. K CONTROL OF EMISSIONS

      1. 54.Silencers

      2. 55.Noise limits—general

      3. 56.Noise limits—agricultural motor vehicles and industrial tractors

      4. 57.Noise limits—motor cycles

      5. 58.Noise limits—vehicles not subject to regulations 55 to 57, first used on or after 1st April 1970

      6. 59.Exceptions to regulations 55 to 58

      7. 60.Radio interference suppression

      8. 61.Emission of smoke, vapour, gases, oily substances etc

      9. 62.Closets etc

      10. 63.Wings

      11. 64.Spray suppression devices

      12. 65.Maintenance of spray suppression devices

  4. PART III PLATES, MARKINGS, TESTING AND INSPECTION

    1. 66.Plates for goods vehicles and buses

    2. 67.Vehicle identification numbers

    3. 68.Plates—agricultural trailed appliances

    4. 69.Plates—motor cycles

    5. 70.Ministry plates

    6. 71.Marking of weights on certain vehicles

    7. 72.Additional markings

    8. 73.Test date discs

    9. 74.Testing and Inspection

  5. PART IV CONDITIONS RELATING TO USE

    1. A LADEN WEIGHT

      1. 75.Maximum permitted laden weight of a vehicle

      2. 76.Maximum permitted laden weight of a vehicle and trailer, other than an articulated vehicle

      3. 77.Maximum permitted laden weight of an articulated vehicle

      4. 78.Maximum permitted wheel and axle weights

      5. 79.Maximum permitted weights for certain closely-spaced axles etc

      6. 80.Over-riding weight restrictions

    2. B DIMENSIONS OF LADEN VEHICLES

      1. Restrictions on use of vehicles carrying wide or long loads or having fixed appliances or apparatus

        1. 81.For the purposes of this regulation, regulation 82 and Schedule...

        2. 82.(1) No load shall be carried on a vehicle so...

    3. C TRAILERS AND SIDECARS

      1. 83.Number of trailers

      2. 84.Trailers drawn by motor cycles

      3. 85.Trailers drawn by agricultural motor vehicles

      4. 86.Distance between motor vehicles and trailers

      5. 87.Unbraked trailers

      6. 88.Use of bridging plates between motor vehicle and trailer

      7. 89.Leaving trailers at rest

      8. 90.Passengers in trailers

      9. 91.Attendants on trailers and certain other vehicles

      10. 92.Attachment of sidecars

      11. 93.Use of sidecars

    4. D USE OF GAS PROPULSION SYSTEMS AND GAS-FIRED APPLIANCES

      1. 94.Use of gas propulsion systems

      2. 95.Use of gas-fired appliances—general

      3. 96.Use of gas-fired appliances when a vehicle is in motion

    5. E CONTROL OF NOISE

      1. 97.Avoidance of excessive noise

      2. 98.Stopping of engine when stationary

      3. 99.Use of audible warning instruments

    6. F AVOIDANCE OF DANGER

      1. 100.Maintenance and use of vehicle so as not to be a danger, etc

      2. 101.Parking in darkness

      3. 102.Passengers on motor cycles

      4. 103.Obstruction

      5. 104.Driver's control

      6. 105.Opening of doors

      7. 106.Reversing

      8. 107.Leaving motor vehicles unattended

      9. 108.Securing of suspended implements

      10. 109.Television sets

  6. Signature

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      REGULATIONS REVOKED BY REGULATION 2

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      COMMUNITY DIRECTIVES AND ECE REGULATIONS

      1. NOTE 1. This item is to be interpreted as including...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      BRAKING REQUIREMENTS

      1. 1.The braking requirements referred to in regulation 16(4) are set...

      2. 2.For the purposes of requirement 3 in the Table, in...

      3. 3.For the purpose of requirements 4 and 6 in the...

      4. 4.For the purpose of requirements 4 and 9 in the...

      5. 5.In this Schedule a “multi-pull means of operation” means a...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      GAS CONTAINERS

      1. PART I

        1. 1.Definitions relating to gas containers

        2. 2.Gas containers

        3. 3.Pipe lines

        4. 4.Unions

        5. 5.Reducing valves

        6. 6.Valves and cocks

        7. 7.Pressure gauges

        8. 8.Charging connections

        9. 9.Trailers

        10. 10.Construction, etc., of system

      2. PART II SPECIFICATION FOR BRASS OR BRONZE VALVES

        1. 1.Manufacture of valves

        2. 2.Heat treatment

        3. 3.Freedom from defects

        4. 4.Tensile test

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      GAS SYSTEMS

      1. Definitions

        1. 1.In this Schedule— “check valve” means a device which permits...

      2. Gas containers

        1. 2.(1) Every gas container shall— (a) be capable of withstanding...

      3. Filling systems for fixed gas containers

        1. 3.(1) Every connection for filling a fixed gas container shall...

      4. Pipelines

        1. 4.(1) Every pipeline shall be fixed in such a manner...

      5. Unions and joints

        1. 5.(1) Every union and joint on a pipeline or gas...

      6. Reducing valves

        1. 6.Every reducing valve shall be made of suitable materials and...

      7. Pressure relief valves

        1. 7.(1) Every pressure relief valve which is fitted to any...

      8. Valves and cocks

        1. 8.(1) A valve or cock shall be fitted to every...

      9. Gauges

        1. 9.Every gauge connected to a gas container or to a...

      10. Propulsion systems

        1. 10.(1) Every gas propulsion system shall be so designed and...

      11. Special requirements for buses

        1. 11.In the case of a bus there shall be fitted...

      12. Gas-fired appliances

        1. 12.Every part of a gas-fired appliance shall be—

        2. 13.Every gas-fired appliance shall be— (a) so located as to...

        3. 14.With the exception of catalytic heating appliances, every appliance of...

      13. General requirements

        1. 15.Every part of a gas propulsion system or a gas-fired...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      CONSTRUCTION OF MINIBUSES

      1. The requirements referred to in regulation 41 are as follows—...

      2. 1.Exhaust pipes

      3. 2.Doors—number and position

      4. 3.Emergency Doors

      5. 4.Power-operated doors

      6. 5.Locks, handles and hinges of doors

      7. 6.View of doors

      8. 7.Access to doors

      9. 8.Grab handles and hand rails

      10. 9.Seats

      11. 10.Electrical equipment and wiring

      12. 11.Fuel tanks

      13. 12.Lighting of steps

      14. 13.General construction and maintenance

      15. 14.Definitions

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      FIRE EXTINGUISHING APPARATUS AND FIRST AID EQUIPMENT FOR MINIBUSES

      1. PART I FIRE EXTINGUISHING APPARATUS

        1. A fire extinguisher which complies in all respects with the...

      2. PART II FIRST AID EQUIPMENT

        1. Ten antiseptic wipes, foil packed; One conforming disposable bandage (not...

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      PLATES FOR CERTAIN VEHICLES

      1. PART I

        1. Particulars to be shown on plate for motor vehicles (including...

      2. PART II

        1. Particulars to be shown on plate for trailers (including trailers...

      3. PART III

        1. 1.The power of an engine, which is to be shown...

        2. 2.(1) The weights to be shown on the plate in...

        3. 3.The weights to be shown on the plate in respect...

        4. 4.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) of this paragraph weights on...

        5. 5.All letters and figures shown on the plate shall be...

        6. 6.In this Schedule references to the manufacturer of a motor...

    9. SCHEDULE 9

      PLATES FOR MOTOR CYCLES

      1. 1.The plate required by regulation 69 shall be firmly attached...

      2. 2.The plate shall be in the form shown in the...

      3. 3.The information on the plate shall be shown in characters...

      4. 4.No information, other than that provided for in the diagram...

      5. 5.In this Schedule and, in respect of the definition of...

      6. 6.A motor cycle shall regarded as complying with paragraph (c)...

    10. SCHEDULE 10

      MINISTRY PLATE

    11. SCHEDULE 11

      MAXIMUM PERMITTED WEIGHTS, ETC

      1. PART I Maximum permitted laden weights for heavy motor cars and motor cars and trailers in each case not forming part of articulated vehicles

      2. PART II Maximum permitted laden weights for heavy motor cars and motor cars forming part of articulated vehicles

      3. PART III Maximum permitted laden weight of articulated vehicles

      4. PART IV Maximum permitted laden weight of articulated vehicles

      5. PART V Maximum permitted weights of two closely-spaced axles

      6. PART VI Maximum permitted weights of three closely-spaced axles

      7. PART VII Maximum permitted weight of three adjacent axles

    12. SCHEDULE 12

      CONDITIONS TO BE COMPLIED WITH IN RELATION TO THE USE OF VEHICLES CARRYING WIDE OR LONG LOADS OR VEHICLES CARRYING LOADS OR HAVING FIXED APPLIANCES OR APPARATUS WHICH PROJECT

      1. PART I

        1. 1.Advance notice to Police

        2. 2.Attendants

        3. 3.Marking of longer projections

        4. 4.Marking of shorter projections

      2. PART II PROJECTION MARKERS

  7. Explanatory Note

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