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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero123 View Post
    Yet more deaths on the road with someone driving the wrong way on a motorway:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-45878215

    Yes, the driver was in his 80s and whilst there is nothing wrong with that, should someone that age be allowed to tow a caravan without additional testing?

    Just a question and sympathies to those who have died but a 30-year old also lost his life by someone driving the wrong way on the M40.
    Should anyone be allowed to tow a caravan without some sort of additional testing? I had to pass quite a rigorous test before I was licensed to drive buses and coaches, and many car and caravan combos are the length of a small coach, and they bend in the middle.
    ex - 2002 X-Type 2.5 V6; 1995 XJ Sport 3.2; 1998 Mercedes C180 Elegance; VW Passat 2.0TDI (140); Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI; Nissan Qashqai 1.5dCi; Current - 2007 XJ 4.2 V8 Sovereign, and occasionally an Electric Wheelchair!

    It wasn't me! A big boy done it and ran away.

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    If you passed your driving test before Jan 1st 1997 you are licensed to tow any size of caravan.

    If you passed your driving test after Jan1997 you are licensed to drive a vehicle upto 3500kg MAM towing a trailer upto 750Kg MAM. To tow a caravan over 750Kg the combination must not exceed of 3500Kg MAM. You have to take another test to get B+E on your license to tow anything with a combined weight over 3500Kg MAM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rchiv View Post
    You've said it. But that's America for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rchiv View Post
    If you passed your driving test before Jan 1st 1997 you are licensed to tow any size of caravan.

    If you passed your driving test after Jan1997 you are licensed to drive a vehicle upto 3500kg MAM towing a trailer upto 750Kg MAM. To tow a caravan over 750Kg the combination must not exceed of 3500Kg MAM. You have to take another test to get B+E on your license to tow anything with a combined weight over 3500Kg MAM.

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    Agreed, but the question remains - should anyone be allowed to do it without further testing? There are many people in my age group who can barely drive a car on its own, yet are able to tow a caravan with no questions asked.
    ex - 2002 X-Type 2.5 V6; 1995 XJ Sport 3.2; 1998 Mercedes C180 Elegance; VW Passat 2.0TDI (140); Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI; Nissan Qashqai 1.5dCi; Current - 2007 XJ 4.2 V8 Sovereign, and occasionally an Electric Wheelchair!

    It wasn't me! A big boy done it and ran away.

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    In this case I'm sure he would probably have passed a test on the test day.

    The question is where and how was he able to get onto the M40 going in the wrong direction?

    Was he not a Brit, not in a British RHD car?

    His passenger didn't react?

    Awful.

    I knew a lady who somehow got onto a motorway in the wrong direction when she was in her 50s.

    She said the sun was in her eyes and she got dazzled and went left on a roundabout junction, which wasn't a hard left hairpin, and there was no car coming up the slip road.

    Luckily when she realised her mistake from cars coming the other way flashing her and blowing their horns, she kept her head and stopped on the hard shoulder, and some time later a police car arrived and got her off.

    I can't remember how they got her off the motorway or even if she told me. She would not have been able to reverse her car back up the slip road after that scare.

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    Now that you mention it Jim, I thought I read somewhere that he was not from the UK, which would at least suggest why he thought it OK to be on that side. You would have thought though, that something would have gone off in his head when he was faced with oncoming traffic; or, had he worked it out and decided to try an tough it out to the next junction and try to get off?
    ex - 2002 X-Type 2.5 V6; 1995 XJ Sport 3.2; 1998 Mercedes C180 Elegance; VW Passat 2.0TDI (140); Audi A4 Avant 2.0TDI; Nissan Qashqai 1.5dCi; Current - 2007 XJ 4.2 V8 Sovereign, and occasionally an Electric Wheelchair!

    It wasn't me! A big boy done it and ran away.

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