Ferry – vehicle length enforcement
I have never had a problem with Stenna line over height. Some times i use a roof box others i dont and some of those times i had not booked under the correct height limits. Like said above, as long as you are not taking the pi$$ and ferry not at absouloute capacity you should be fine.Posted 7 months agoa11ySubscriber
Never a problem with P&O (Hull-Rotterdam/Zeebrugge) crossing.
DFDS though, pedantic to say the least. Problem was only outbound from Newcastle, with return from Amsterdam check-in staff not batting an eyelid. Landrover with 2 bikes on roof extending 10cm above the height of caravan attached to the back of car. Check-in staff asked for ~£60 extra for bikes as we’d not added them to booking (our mistake) as “you’re too tall for the ferry”. Tight Scottishness won and I took them off and stuffed into caravan for ferry.
Got on board ferry and we – along with every other caravan – are in same section as coaches/lorries with LOADS of headroom…Posted 7 months ago
Off to France on the ferry shortly and I’m wondering how strict they are with the vehicle length limits. I misread the length (honest, I did) as 5m + rear load, not 5m inc.[/u] rear load. Silly mistake, but that’s what I’ve done. My car will be 5.2m with the rear carrier – are they likely to stop me getting on?
Brittany ferries, Portsmouth – St Malo if it matters.Posted 7 months agoStainypantsSubscriber
I travel on Brittany twice a year in the T5 with the bike rack. Always enter less than 5m plus rear rack, never had any problems. They were measuring cars with a tape measure when I travelled in May but got through no problems.
I did have a friend who forgot to add the height of his roof box on and was bumped at the terminal to the next day. So if you haven’t added the rack to your booking it would be worth calling them and adding it now.Posted 6 months agomattbeeSubscriber
We did Brittany from Portsmouth to St Malo last weekend.Posted 6 months ago
Car was just under the 5m but we’d bought a new caravan which was 0.5m longer than the size we’d booked.
We got pulled up and ‘checked for size’ but the only thing they pointed out was the sestposts on the bikes on the roof made them just too tall.wobbliscottMember
I think it is the height they worry about more. As long as the car you are driving is in the correct category you have booked and you’ve declared correctly what you’ve got on the rear of your vehicle they don’t seem to give a stuff. My SMax plus the 4-bike tow-bar mounted cycle carrier I used was a very long vehicle, but yet when we booked it was just a ‘large family car with rear mounted cycle rack’. So no specification about how many bikes were rear-mounted.Posted 6 months ago
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