You must take extra care when towing a trailer or another vehicle. This is because, with the extra weight behind it, your vehicle will feel different to drive and have a longer safe stopping distance. For the purpose of this section, the term trailer includes caravans, boat and horse trailers.
The loads on your car will affect the handling of the car. You should not overload your vehicle. No part of the load may touch the road surface and the load must be securely fastened or be inside or on the vehicle without hindering the driver’s control of the vehicle or view of the road ahead.
The loads on your motorcycle will affect the handling of the motorcycle. You should not overload your motorcycle. No part of the load may touch the road surface and the load must be securely fastened without hindering the rider’s control of the motorcycle or view of the road ahead.
No person, animal or article may be carried in front of the driver on the seat, fuel tank, or handlebars. No person, animal or bulky object may be carried on a motorcycle in such a way that it obstructs the rider’s view ahead or ability to control the motorcycle.
Your load must not extend more than 300mm beyond the front of the vehicle or more than 1.8 metres beyond the rear of the vehicle.
The load may not extend higher than 4.3 metres from the ground on goods vehicles and not more than half the height of the vehicle if loaded on the roof of a car (unless the load is bicycle, in which case the 4.3 metres restriction apply).
The load must not extend more than 2.5 metres wide in the case of a light motor vehicle less than 12 000kg or 2.6 metres in the case of a goods vehicle with a mass of 12 000kg and above. Exceptions include abnormal loads for which special permission must be arranged with local traffic authorities.
Your load must not extend more than 600mm beyond the front axle and not more than 900mm beyond the rear back axle.
The load must not extend more than 450mm to the side of the motorcycle wheels and not more than 300mm to the side of the side car wheels. These provisions do not apply to mirrors or crash bars.
Loads that project more than 150mm or more to the side of the vehicle must be marked with:
If passengers are carried on the back of an open truck or van, the sides of the carrying area must be:
You are allowed to carry one adult per 380mm of seat (back width). For children up to six years of age, two children are regarded as one adult. For children 6 to 13 years of age, three children are considered as two adults.
Passengers can be carried on motorcycles with an engine capacity of more than 50 cc, but not on motorcycles with an engine capacity of 50 cc or less. Passengers must sit astride the saddled with both feet on the footrests, or must be seated in a side-car. No more than two people may travel on a motorcycle and no more than two adults may ride in a sidecar.