The importance of weight: motorhomes
Why weight plays such an important role in motorhomes
1. Since the introduction of the category B driving licence, which superseded class 3 in Germany on 1 January 1999, holders of the new licence may only drive vehicles with a maximum authorised mass of up to 3,500 kilograms. For vehicles over 3.5 tons, a separate driving licence is required.
2. In many European countries, motorhome drivers have to pay a toll. While motorhomes up to 3.5 tons tend to be treated like cars, larger ones are often subject to the same regulations as lorries.
3. Under German road traffic licensing regulations (StVZO), all motorhomes belong to Class M and are taxed based on the exhaust emission standard and graded according to maximum authorised mass.
4. Inspection intervals for motorhomes up to 3.5 tons are the same as for cars. Some motorhomes over 3.5 tons are subject to more frequent and much earlier testing and inspection.
5. In some cases, vehicles over 3.5 tons may have to observe different traffic regulations to vehicles with a maximum authorised mass of up to 3.5 tons. You can read a detailed article on this topic here, in the BORDATLAS published by REISEMOBIL INTERNATIONAL (2012 edition). 2012.
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