dimensions of vehicles
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Dimensions of vehicles

Article R312-10

   I. – Except for self-propelled agricultural machinery and towed agricultural machinery and implements, the total width of vehicles or parts of vehicles, including removable superstructures and standardized cargo parts such as containers and swap bodies, measured including all protrusions in any cross section, must not exceed the following values, except in cases and conditions where projections exceeding this size are explicitly authorized by order of the Minister responsible for transport:
1º 2.60 meters for thick-walled superstructures designed for the transport of goods under controlled temperature;
(2) 2.55 meters for other vehicles or parts of vehicles;
(3) 2.95 meters for animal drawn vehicles whose bodywork or mudguards do not overhang the wheels;
(4) 2 meters for motorcycles, motor tricycles and quadricycles and three-wheel mopeds;
5º 1 meter for two-wheel mopeds.
II. – The Minister in charge of transport determines by decree the modalities of application of this article, the derogatory conditions applicable to certain public works equipment and fixes the maximum width of winter service vehicles.
III. – The fact of contravening the provisions of this article or those taken for its application is punished by the fine provided for contraventions of the fourth class.
IV. – However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for offenses in the fifth class.
V. – In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.
VI. – In the absence of authorization or prefectural regulations for exceptional transport, immobilization may be prescribed under the conditions provided for in Articles L. 325-1 to L. 325-3.

Article R312-11

   I. – The length of vehicles and combinations of vehicles, measured including removable superstructures and standardized cargo parts such as containers and swap bodies, and any protrusions included in any longitudinal section, must not exceed the following values, except in the cases and conditions where projections exceeding this size are explicitly authorized by order of the Minister in charge of transport:
1 ° Motorcycle, motor tricycle, motor quadricycle and moped: 4 meters;
2 ° Motor vehicle, not including poles and rope reel devices in the case of a trolleybus: 12 meters;
3 ° Trailer, not including the coupling device: 12 meters;
4 ° Semi-trailer, 12 meters between the kingpin and the rear of the semi-trailer, and 2.04 meters between the axis of the kingpin and any point on the front of the semi-trailer ;
5º Articulated vehicle: 16.5 meters;
6 ° Bus or articulated coach, not including poles and rope reel devices in the case of a trolleybus: 18 meters;
7º Articulated bus with more than one articulated section: 24.5 meters;
8º Road train and double train: 18.75 meters;
9 ° Public works vehicle or equipment: 15 meters;
10 ° Groups of public works vehicles or equipment: 22 meters;
11 ° Other combinations of vehicles: 18 meters; however, on the proposal of the prefect and for regular transport, the length of an assembly formed by a bus and its trailer or by a trolleybus and its trailer may, with the authorization of the Minister in charge of transport, reach 20 meters.
II. – The provisions of this article are not applicable to animal drawn vehicles.
III. – The Minister in charge of transport determines by decree the modalities of application of this article and fixes the maximum length of winter service vehicles.
IV. – Failure to comply with the lengths fixed in this article or in the measures taken for its application is punishable by the fine provided for contraventions of the fourth class.
V. – However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for contraventions of the fifth class.
VI. – In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.
VII. – In the absence of authorization or prefectural regulations for exceptional transport, immobilization may be prescribed under the conditions provided for in Articles L. 325-1 to L. 325-3.

 

Article R312-12

   I. – Except in the cases and conditions where protrusions exceeding the size are explicitly authorized by order of the Minister in charge of transport, road trains must meet the following conditions:
1 ° The distance measured parallel to the longitudinal axis of the road train between exterior points located most forward of the loading area behind the cab and most aft of the trailer of the assembly, less the distance between the rear of the motor vehicle and the front of the trailer must not exceed 15.65 meters;
2 ° The distance measured parallel to the longitudinal axis of the road train between the exterior points located furthest forward of the loading area behind the cab and the rearmost of the trailer of the assembly must not exceed 16.40 meters.
II. – The distances fixed in this article are measured, all protrusions included in any longitudinal section, including removable superstructures and standardized cargo parts such as containers and swap bodies.
III. – The Minister in charge of transport fixes by decree the modalities of application of this article.
IV. – The fact of contravening the provisions of this article or those taken for its application is punished by the fine provided for contraventions of the fourth class.
V. – However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for contraventions of the fifth class.
VI. – In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.

Article R312-13

   I. – Except in cases and conditions where projections exceeding the gauge are explicitly authorized by order of the Minister in charge of transport, double trains must meet the following conditions:
1 ° The distance measured parallel to the longitudinal axis of the double train between exterior points located furthest to the front of the loading area behind the cab and furthest to the rear of the semi-trailer hitched to the articulated vehicle, less the distance between the rear of the articulated vehicle and the front of the semi-trailer, must not exceed 15.65 meters;
2 ° The distance measured parallel to the longitudinal axis of the double landing gear between the exterior points located furthest forward of the loading area behind the cabin and the most rearward of the semi-trailer coupled to the articulated vehicle must not not exceed 16.40 meters.
II. – The distances fixed in this article are measured, all protrusions included in any longitudinal section, including removable superstructures and standardized cargo parts such as containers and swap bodies.
III. – The Minister in charge of transport fixes by decree the modalities of application of this article.
IV. – The fact of contravening the provisions of this article or those taken for its application is punished by the fine provided for contraventions of the fourth class.
V. – However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for contraventions of the fifth class.
VI. – In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.

Article R312-14

   The length of the assemblies formed by a towing vehicle and a broken down or damaged vehicle may not exceed 26 meters.
The length of the assemblies formed by a towing vehicle and a broken down or damaged bus with more than one articulated section may not exceed 34.5 meters.
The length of articulated vehicles transporting a broken down or damaged vehicle with a total authorized laden weight greater than 3.5 tonnes may, when laden, exceed 16.5 meters without exceeding 20 meters, the latter figure including l ” possible protrusion of the load towards the rear, which must not be more than 3 meters.
In addition, the width of these combinations of vehicles and articulated vehicles may exceed 2.55 meters, without exceeding 3.20 meters in particular in the event of deformation of the damaged vehicle following the impact received.
The fact, for any driver, of contravening the provisions of this article is punished by the fine provided for the contraventions of the fourth class.
However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for offenses in the fifth class.
In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.

Article R312-15

   Movable or easily removable parts of vehicles and agricultural or public works equipment and special machinery must be folded up when traveling on the road.
The fact, for any driver, of contravening the provisions of this article is punished by the fine provided for the contraventions of the fourth class.

Article R312-16

   The height of motorcycles, motor tricycles and quadricycles and mopeds may not exceed 2.50 meters.
The fact of contravening the provisions of this article is punished by the fine provided for contraventions of the fourth class.
However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for offenses in the fifth class.
In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.

Article R312-17

   The Minister in charge of transport fixes by decree the rules relating to the dimensions of the special machines whose speed cannot exceed 25 km / h by construction.
The fact, for any driver of a special vehicle, to contravene the provisions taken in application of this article is punished by the fine provided for the contraventions of the fourth class.
However, when the overruns exceed the regulatory limits by more than 20%, the fine incurred is that provided for offenses in the fifth class.
In this case, the repetition of this contravention is punished in accordance with article 132-11 of the penal code.

Article R312-18

   The provisions of this section are applicable to vehicles and special equipment of the armed forces only if they are compatible with their technical characteristics of manufacture and use.

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