Motor Home Speed Limit Same as Trucks”

The in basket: Ken Amo asks, “Can you tell me what is the maximum speed limit for motor homes on Washington state freeways?
“I’ve researched the RCW codes and can only find one reference to speed limits that might apply to motor homes,” Ken said. “That is RCW 46.61.410 that states any vehicle over 10,000 pounds gross weight must obey the truck speed limit.”


The in basket: Ken Amo asks, “Can you tell me what is the maximum speed limit for motor homes on Washington state freeways?
“I’ve researched the RCW codes and can only find one reference to speed limits that might apply to motor homes,” Ken said. “That is RCW 46.61.410 that states any vehicle over 10,000 pounds gross weight must obey the truck speed limit.”
The out basket: Ken found the applicable law, says Trooper Brian George of the State Patrol. “It does apply to a motor home,” Brian said. The law’s Section 3 says it covers all vehicles over 10,000 pounds and all vehicles in combination. “Combination vehicles would include a truck pulling a travel trailer,” Brian said.
That means motor homes can’t legally go over 60 miles per hour if they exceed 10,000 pounds. Smaller ones are subject to the car speed limit. And “auto stages” also are exempt. That appears to mean buses, as the definition is a vehicle “used for purpose of carrying passengers together with incidental baggage, freight, or either on a regular schedule of time and rates.”

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