Victor Jones with the sign on the back of his caravan.
Victor Jones with the sign on the back of his caravan. Alistair Brightman

Do not overtake signs an issue for grey nomads

VICTOR Jones wants to clear up some grey matters for some of the greying nomads - and anyone else who wants to listen.

 Mr Jones recently upgraded his camper. It's his fourth, a big sparkling Jayco number.

But because the combination of the tug and box exceeds 7.5 metres, the sometimes Pialba resident knew he ought to fix a "do not overtake turning vehicle" sign to the rear of his beast.

This presented unanticipated problems.

He said staff at Queensland Transport had no firm idea what size the signs should be and whether it was law for him to have them on his van in all Australian states.

"They couldn't come up with a response, nothing exact," Mr Jones said.

"They printed out some paperwork which said nothing decisive - most of it was in reference to trucks and buses, so I wrote to RACQ."

The RACQ member got on to his insurers to see if they could solve the riddle...and it turned out they could. The RACQ contacted the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, found the correct regulations, and found a way to put Mr Jones' mind at ease.

He said he wanted to pass the message on to ensure other greying nomads do not run into the same bother.

He said the RACQ representative told him it was not yet law in all states for combinations of the tug and box exceeding 7.5 metres to have a "do not overtake turning vehicle" sign.



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