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Old 22 July 2014, 16:39   #11
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Techguy is spot on correct, however the VOSA checkpoints seem to ignore their own procedures.
I know one guy who was forced to leave an empty car transporter in a VOSA checkpoint and come back to collect it with a vehicle rated to tow the 3.5Te the trailer was rated for.
So as per the discussion above:-
  • Make sure you've got the right licence categories etc
  • Get the trailer weighed with a full fuel tank and all the gear you're likely to carry in the boat.
  • Print off a copy of this VOSA memo and keep it in the car http://www.barlowtrailers.com/PDF/VO...nformation.pdf
If they challenge you you probably now know more than the VOSA inspector does!
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Old 22 July 2014, 18:23   #12
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there's also a max length a vehicle classed as plg can tow think its 7 meters.any longer needs a commercial vehicle to tow it
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there's also a max length a vehicle classed as plg can tow think its 7 meters.any longer needs a commercial vehicle to tow it
This is a common misconception: you need to read note 5(b) below the table in Regulation 7.1. The 7m limit on length does not apply to indivisible loads (or trailers designed to normally carry indivisible loads).
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ah sorry I just know I cant tow my tin tent with my jeep as its within the weight limit but 7.2 meters in length
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If you are towing an indivisible load, you can be up to 25.9 metres long without having to inform the police. That is the measurement from the very front of the towing vehicle to the very end of the load.

Bear in mind that is a ridiculously long train though, the standard articulated lorries on the road are only about 15 metres long!
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If you are towing an indivisible load, you can be up to 25.9 metres long without having to inform the police. That is the measurement from the very front of the towing vehicle to the very end of the load.

Bear in mind that is a ridiculously long train though, the standard articulated lorries on the road are only about 15 metres long!
Not correct. An ‘abnormal load’ is a vehicle that has any of the following:

*a weight of more than 44,000 kilograms
*an axle load of more than 10,000 kilograms for a single non-driving axle and 11,500 kilograms for a single driving axle
*a width of more than 2.9 metres
*a length of more than 18.65 metres

Any abnormal load movement requires 2 days notification to the police.

A standard artic is 16.5m long.
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