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I Have Converted A Former Mini Bus Into A Motor Home But Dvla Will Not Change It's Use Even Though

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leggylane | 12:13 Sun 13th Dec 2020 | Motoring
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I have sent all photographs showing toilet,shower, cooker, bed etc. In a letter they state that I have not changed the outside of the vehicle but accept that I will use the vehicle as a motor home. I have now been charged with exceeding the speed limit while doing 76mph down hill. The speed limit as a mini bus for the disabled is 60 mph. Should I challenge this in court?

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Does it have a speed limiter fitted or did you remove it.?
76 mph is over the limit on any UK road, so I would not think it worth your while to challenge it.
The highest speed limit in the UK is 70mph so you were exceeding the limit in whatever vehicle you were driving. You were exceeding the top uk speed limit -you have no defence.
You haven't said what type of road you were on; the speed limit is 70mph on motorways and 60mph on other roads, so you were exceeding the limit whatever road you were on and in what vehicle.
also, as you stated in your Q, your vehicle is still a minibus
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Yes it did have a limiter which I had removed following the letter from DVLA saying that they accept that I will use the vehicle as a Motorhome. If the police camera unit accepted this I would have been offered a speed awareness course
\\The speed limit as a mini bus for the disabled is 60 mph. Should I challenge this in court?//

\\Yes it did have a limiter which I had removed following the letter from DVLA //

this is why you were able to go over 70, pay the fine.

For goodness sake....has it not sunk in you were driving over the limit? 76mph is 6 miles over the uk speed limit on the fastest of roads (motorway) you can't go to court you have no defence.

The speed limit is 70 on motorways and dual-carriageways, and 60 on single-carriageways unless other signed limits apply.
You haven't said how ig your vehicle is; the speed limit for heavier vehicles is 60mph on motorways (I can't be sure of the weight limit offhand).
76 mph in a minibus is lunacy. You should not be going to court, you should be sectioned.
What is the make and model of your vehicle, and the overall length? What was the speed limit on the road you were driving on?
Also the weight of your vehicle would be useful.
This is surely a wind up .. it gets dumber and dumber ?

Pitty you didn't have a sticker on the back window saying .. ' My other car is a P1 gtr'.
You could have pleaded you forgot which car you were driving ?
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Thank you all for your comments (with the exception of jackdaw)
The vehicle is a Renault Master, 4.5mtrs, 1729 kgs unladen.
Travelling on a dual carriageway (70mph) and overtaking a lorry. I speeded up to move over for a vehicle using blue lights.
I don't think it is a wind up. The point is that if the vehicle could legally be driven at 70mph on a motorway or dual carriageway, leggy would have been offered a speed aware course as the speed was less than 10% over the limit.
As a mini bus the legal limit in a 70mph is 60 mph so he was driving at 16 mph over the speed limit, a whole different ball game.

He doesn't dispute that he was speeding, the question is - by how much?
however, surely if the DVLA have refused to change the vehicle's registration to something other than minibus, even if they accept it's being used as a motorhome it's a non-starter?
Was it a 17 seater minibus? If so, it will always be limited to 60mph max on a 70MPH road.
Yes, bednobs, it would seem that way. It is a requirement that it is classed as motorcaravan or motorhome on the V5 and not a minibus.

https://www.ukmotorhomes.net/motorhome-faqs/speed-limits#close

What could be done to the body of the minibus to get it reclassed as a motor caravan I have no idea.
Interesting read here, this is a short passage:
"There was a clear consensus that the body type should reflect the outward appearance of a vehicle rather than its internal fixtures and fittings. As a result only vehicles first registered as motor caravans or those fitted with a custom coach built bodies, in addition to meeting the internal 'checklist' should be described as 'motor caravan' on the V5C."
http://www.campervanconversion.co.uk/no-more-campervan-conversions-dvla-0

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