How to mark loads sticking out of the car with V-20 sign

Even though your vehicle is not intended for the transport of goods, you should know that you can carry a certain load as long as it is correctly marked and does not exceed the limits allowed by law. In Spain, the limits for the dimensions of the load vary depending on the type of vehicle: passenger cars, vans or trucks. Passenger cars can only carry loads that protrude from the rear of the vehicle, while vehicles intended for the transport of goods can carry loads that protrude from the front, rear and sides.

Whenever you are going to transport a load, by law you must carry a V-20 sign. It is a square panel measuring 50 × 50 centimeters with diagonal and alternating white and red stripes that alerts the rest of the vehicles on the road about the dimensions of the weight carried in your vehicle. Depending on the width of the load that protrudes from the rear of the vehicle, you will have to carry a V-20 sign or two.

  • A V-20 sign: If the load transported is less than the total width of the vehicle from the rear (including the rear view mirrors), you must only place a V-20 sign at the end of the load and perpendicular to the axle of the vehicle.
  • Two V-20 signs: If the transported merchandise occupies the full width of the vehicle from the back (including the rear-view mirrors), you must carry two V-20 signs. It is important to place the signals crosswise at each end of the load so that they form an inverted “V”, as shown below in the DGT infographic.
mark loads sticking out of the car with V-20 sign

In the event that the load exceeds the total width of the vehicle, it cannot be transported under any circumstances. Regarding the length of the load, according to the General Traffic Regulations, it can only protrude from the rear of the vehicle by 10% of the total length of the car. If the load is indivisible, it can exceed the length of the car by 15%.

In addition, there is also a height limit for goods. Generally, the maximum height of the vehicle and its load can reach four meters. However, it must be taken into account that the height of the load cannot in any case compromise the stability of the vehicle, nor fall totally or partially. For this reason, if the stability of the vehicle is affected, even if the car and its cargo do not reach four meters, the cargo will not be able to be transported for safety reasons.

V-20 SIGNAL HOLDING

According to article 14 of the General Traffic Regulations, the load transported in the vehicle and the accessories used for its conditioning and protection must be positioned and secured in such a way that they cannot move in a dangerous manner, compromise the stability of the vehicle and produce noise or dust.

To fix the V-20 sign correctly, you must fasten all the anchor points that the sign carries using elastic tie-down straps or tensioners. It is not advisable to use plastic clamps. It is important that you hold the signal and the load very tightly, and that you protect them, as much as possible, from the wind.

Finally, you should know that the load and the signal cannot in any case cover the license plate or the rear lights of the vehicle. If this happens, a lighting and signaling device and an additional license plate would need to be placed outside the load. Auto for trade is a well-known used car dealer where you can buy used car online in UK.

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