Vehicle size guide

Just to avoid any confusion, you need to know that we have two types of passenger vehicle fares: the first for vehicles (including small vans) up to 5m long and the second for passenger vehicles from 5.01m to 15m long. You also need to tell us if your vehicle is under 2.24m high or over 2.24m to 4.2m high.

The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles)

It’s really important that you tell us the correct size of your vehicle as on arrival our loading staff may ask to measure your vehicle. If your booking has been made incorrectly, or you do not consent to a check, we will not be able to honour your booking and you will be asked to change your ticket and pay any difference in fare before you can travel. These additional checks may mean we are not able to offer your original sailing time.

Cars and Vans

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

Large cars

Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

Motorhomes

Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

Large vans

Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.

High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.

Freight vehicles

Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.

Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.

Vehicles over 19m long, 4.2m high, 3.2m wide or 44 tonne GVWR

To book freight a vehicle over 19m long, 4.2m high or 44 tonne gross vehicle weight rating please call our Freight Reservation Office on 023 9285 5260.

Minibuses and Mini Coach

Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.

Coaches

Coaches

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Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking

Personal and two wheeled vehicles

Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
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Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.

Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
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Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.

No need to book separately.
The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles)

On arrival our loading staff may ask to measure your vehicle. If your booking has been made incorrectly, or you do not consent to a check, we will not be able to honour your booking and you will be asked to change your ticket and pay any difference in fare before you can travel. These additional checks may mean we are not able to offer your original sailing time.

Dangerous goods (including compressed gas etc. used for medical purposes) must be declared at least 24 hours before travel.
Camping gas canisters must be declared when you arrive at the port.
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