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bob_b

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Am I breaking any laws by not moving left?

I was driving my motorhome through the construction zone cattle chutes this morning when I saw the sign: "Trucks and Buses Left Lane Only".

Since the exit was in a few miles anyway, I stayed in the right lane because, in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, it is tough moving from the left lane.

My motorhome is not registered as a truck nor a bus, but it is just as big.

Has anyone got nabbed for staying right?


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If you are preparing to turn right you should be in the right lane regardless of what you are driving.


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It is the size and weight they are worried about. Sometimes the shoulder of the road is not as heavy duty.


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The posting for "Trucks or Buses Left Lane Only" can be for many reasons. It's generally because there's road construction. The right lane may be too narrow to accommodate wide vehicles. Or it could be slanted or doesn't have a base strong enough to support heavy vehicles like trucks or busses. As previously mentioned I would drive in the left lane when asked to unless you are exiting to the right. I don't know if you're breaking the law, but it's most likely the left lane is more conducive to large heavy vehicles.


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Hikerdogs wrote:

The posting for "Trucks or Buses Left Lane Only" can be for many reasons. It's generally because there's road construction. The right lane may be too narrow to accommodate wide vehicles. Or it could be slanted or doesn't have a base strong enough to support heavy vehicles like trucks or busses. As previously mentioned I would drive in the left lane when asked to unless you are exiting to the right. I don't know if you're breaking the law, but it's most likely the left lane is more conducive to large heavy vehicles.


This. Usually it's a weight thing, because the construction is forcing the right lane traffic to use the shoulder, which can't handle the higher weights well.


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Easy to remember info about traffic signs: Black on white is regulatory and has the color of law behind it......Black on yellow is advisory and has no law requiring enforcement. Altho you are not registered as a truck or bus, you do fall under their guidelines at times because of weight and size. Will an officer enforce the law on RVs, probably not. Can an officer enforce the law, simple answer YES.


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Can also be related to height. Bridges (overpasses) are often slightly bowed upward in the center for loading and drainage. As such greater clearance underneath is often in the left (centermost) lanes.

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bob_b wrote:

Am I breaking any laws by not moving left?

I was driving my motorhome through the construction zone cattle chutes this morning when I saw the sign: "Trucks and Buses Left Lane Only".

Since the exit was in a few miles anyway, I stayed in the right lane because, in heavy bumper-to-bumper traffic, it is tough moving from the left lane.

My motorhome is not registered as a truck nor a bus, but it is just as big.

Has anyone got nabbed for staying right?


it may not legally mean you but the reason they have the big rigs move to the left is either because that lane is a bit wider or the right lane pavement cannot support the weight of those rigs. I suspect the right "lane" was either a shoulder or a temporary lane. if it were me and I was not planning a right-turn or taking a right-exit anytime soon I would move left.


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the_armadillo wrote:

Can also be related to height. Bridges (overpasses) are often slightly bowed upward in the center for loading and drainage. As such greater clearance underneath is often in the left (centermost) lanes.


Would the posted height not be the lowest point of the overhead structure?


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vic46 wrote:

the_armadillo wrote:

Can also be related to height. Bridges (overpasses) are often slightly bowed upward in the center for loading and drainage. As such greater clearance underneath is often in the left (centermost) lanes.


Would the posted height not be the lowest point of the overhead structure?


Not necessarily. The posted height is the height of the span over the normal lanes of traffic. If the traffic is temporarily moved to one side of the span it may not be as high as over the normal lanes. Thus the warning for large vehicles to move to the lane with height that can accommodate them.

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