The Environment & Natural Resources Directorate wishes to remind the public that any owner considering purchasing or importing large vehicles must adhere to the dimensions and weights set out in the Road Traffic Regulations CAP101, Part VI, Item 33 and Road Traffic Regulations, CAP101, Part VI, Item 42.

Available at:  https://www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/101-Road-Traffic-Ordinance-310712.pdf

The onus is on the owner of the vehicle to ensure that any conditions are satisfied before any vehicle is purchased.

Road Traffic Regulations, CAP101, Part VI

  1. Maximum Dimensions

 The dimensions of a motor vehicle shall not exceed those set out below:

(provided that the Licensing Officer may give permission in writing, subject to such conditions as he may impose, for the use of a motor vehicle of greater dimensions)


  • Overall width                                                               8 feet 6 inches (2.6 metres)
  • Overall length                                                             25 feet (7.6 m)
  • Wheelbase                                                                  13 feet 7 inches (4.1 m)
  • Height, exclusive of hood or covering                    11 feet 6 inches (3.5 m)

 In these regulations, “overall length “means the length exclusive of any starting handle and of any hood when lowered.

 And “overall width” means the width measured between vertical planes parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle and passing through the extreme projecting points thereof, exclusive of any mirror conforming with the provisions of Regulation 26 of these regulations.


  1. Maximum Weight of Motor Vehicle

 “No motor vehicle having a gross weight laden in excess of fourteen tons shall be used on any road.”

 In this Regulation, “gross weight laden” means the net weight of a motor vehicle together with the weight of goods or passengers carried by the vehicle.

 These regulations are important and necessary in the protection of St Helena’s road network from excessive damage.

For further information please contact:

Ben Hathway                                                Tel 23765,

Deputy Chief Inspector Merlin George    Tel 22350.


24 November 2015 


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