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Vehicle Weight Restriction Dover to Calais

Vehicle Weight Restriction Dover to Calais

At Relyon, many of our customers choose our Dover Port parking service when travelling to Calais. Parking your vehicle in Dover means you avoid the added expense and ‘red tape’ associated with a 'vehicle crossing'. However, many people do decide to transport their vehicle across the Channel and this guide offers you important information on vehicle weight restrictions when you choose to do so.

The importance of vehicle weight restrictions

Many choosing to transport their vehicle from Dover to Calais by ferry are alarmed by the vast amount of regulations they must abide by when doing so. Vehicle weight restrictions are a prime example of one such regulation that you really cannot afford to get wrong. These restrictions apply when you choose to transport your vehicle across the English Channel. If you ignore these restrictions then you will incur a hefty financial penalty. Weight restrictions vary between ferry companies, so please double check with the applicable company before you set sail. The below information is valid as of November 2015. These weight restrictions are formulated with reference to the size of the vessel, the age of the vessel, the average number of passengers on-board and the amount of on-board freight. If you ignore these weight restriction then you risk a significant fine imposed by the Port of Dover police. This is because vehicle-weight restrictions are designed to prevent loss of life at sea.

Types of vehicle

Vehicles transported by ferry fall into two broad categories. The category of vehicle you own dictates the vehicles weight restriction and tariff you must pay.

The two broad categories of vehicle are defined as:

  1. Commercial vehicle: These are vehicles that carry ‘freight’ for commercial gain. These typically include commercial vans, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and other forms of lorry/trucks. Coaches owned by a tour operator are also classed as commercial vehicles
  2. Non-commercial vehicle: These include cars, non-commercial vans, motorbikes, bicycles, trailers, motorhomes and caravans

DFDS Seaways’ Weight Restriction

DFDS is a major European maritime transportation company. DFDS operates ferries between Dover and Calais. DFDS transports passengers, vehicles and freight. Below we outline DFDS’s vehicle height/weight restrictions as they apply to non-commercial vehicles:



P&O Ferries Restrictions

P&O Ferries is a British based ferry operator. P&O Ferries is perhaps the most well-known Dover-Calais ferry operator. P&O ferries operates six vessels between Dover and Calais. In fact, P&O Ferries operates more vessels between Dover and Calais than any other of its transportation routes. Over the last five years, P&O Ferries has invested millions into this important route with the launch of two modern ferry vessels. These vessels are known as MS Spirit of Britain and MS Spirit of France. P&O Ferries stipulate the maximum weight for a commercial vehicle is forty-two tonnes.