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ROAD RULES 2014 - REG 294-2

NSW rule: towing by vehicles under 4.5 tonnes

294-2 NSW rule: towing by vehicles under 4.5 tonnes

(1) A driver must not drive a motor vehicle (the
"towing vehicle" ) that has a motor vehicle, trailer or other vehicle attached to it for the purpose of being towed (the
"towed vehicle" ), if the laden weight of the towed vehicle exceeds:
(a) the capacity of the towing attachment fitted to the towing vehicle, or
(b) the maximum laden weight for the towed vehicle.
Maximum penalty: 20 penalty units.
Note :
"Motor vehicle" ,
"towing attachment" and
"trailer" are defined in the Dictionary, and
"vehicle" is defined in rule 15.
(2) For the purposes of subrule (1), the
"maximum laden weight" for a towed vehicle is:
(a) the maximum laden weight for a towed vehicle that the manufacturer of the towing vehicle has specified in respect of the towing vehicle, or
(b) if the manufacturer of the towing vehicle has not specified such a maximum, the manufacturer cannot be identified or the towing vehicle has been modified to the extent that the manufacturer's specification is no longer appropriate:
(i) one and a half times the unladen weight of the towing vehicle if the towed vehicle is fitted with a braking system that is working properly, or
(ii) the unladen weight of the towing vehicle in any other case.
(3) A driver of a towing vehicle does not contravene subrule (1) if:
(a) the towing vehicle is driven or used in accordance with the prior written permission of the Authority and any conditions set out in the document giving the permission, and
(b) a copy of that document is carried by the driver of the towing vehicle when using the vehicle otherwise than in accordance with subrule (1).
Note :
"Authority" is defined in the Act.
(4) This rule does not apply to any vehicle or combination of vehicles with a GVM or GCM over 4.5 tonnes.
Note 1 :
"Combination" is defined in the Dictionary,
"vehicle" is defined in rule 15, and
"GCM" and
"GVM" are defined in the Act.
Note 2 : This rule is an additional NSW road rule. There is no corresponding rule in the Australian Road Rules .



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