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Old 09 October 2008, 12:57   #11
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Cheers all.

Had a look on the dept of transport site.

The only snag I can see is if the specified max weight of the trailer is over 750kg then it has to be braked, no matter if the trailer and load come in under.

Time to get the paperwork out.
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Old 09 October 2008, 13:02   #12
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I assume you were towing it with a landrover or similar size vehicle with a 750kg unbraked capacity not a smaller car? only larger estates can tow 750kgs unbraked.
in which case IMHO the copper was completley in the wrong, they cant just guess the weight.
I tow an SR5 on an unbraked trailer and can say with some confidence that its under 750KGS.
just to make sure i am going to weigh it at the local gravel pit to be 100% sure, and i will even keep the ticket to prove it!!
I suggest you weigh it and take a photo on the bridge proving it also, and file a claim for compensation. (or better still go to a VOSA weighbridge)They couldnt do this to an LGV and the same should apply here, I would have insisted they escorted me to the nearest public weighbridge, if they refused then i would insist they arrest me or i would continue my journey.
did you point out that a rib is mainly fresh air?
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Cheers all.

Had a look on the dept of transport site.

The only snag I can see is if the specified max weight of the trailer is over 750kg then it has to be braked, no matter if the trailer and load come in under.

Time to get the paperwork out.

if the trailer has a specified weight over 750kgs then it will be braked unless its been modified.
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There's been a number of threads talking about boat weight/trailer weight...I wonder how many of us, in all innocence, are illegal? I wonder how many of us, in all innocence, are running above the maximum rated trailer capacity? I suspect my old boat, now gone, may have been 'marginal' on both counts

From reading this forum I've already decided to take my new boat and trailer straight to the weighbridge when I take delivery next year. There's no other way of knowing for sure.
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Old 09 October 2008, 13:29   #15
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i think you can tow a trailor without brakes up to 750 kgs as long as the trailor weighs half the weight of the car towing it ,so it may be they are doing you because your car is too light , and you also have to have the gross weight marked on the nearside of the trailor as well as a safety chain ,if you have brakes its only weight for weight even if your car says it can tow more, unless its a duel purpose vehicle ie landrover,. does your driving licence allow you to tow a trailor ,as far as i know if you passed your driving test within about 5 years or so its a seperate test ,. i know a few boaters thats had bother with the law with mudgards not been fitted as some say the boat constitutes part of the trailor and you dont need them where as others dont allow it .
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Under 750kg. Probably.

Had mine on a weighbridge a few years ago:

Saloon car towing limitations.

Was a little under 750kg.
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Had mine on a weighbridge a few years ago:

Saloon car towing limitations.

Was a little under 750kg.
What trailer was under it?
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and essentially require a trailer with a maximum design laden weight of more 750 kg to be braked
so depends on max design weight-not the actual weight so no need for the pc to direct you to proceed to a weighbridge
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if you have brakes its only weight for weight
cant see that anywhere provided GVTW is not exceeded
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when in a hole it is often best to cease digging
Your average copper has absolutely no idea about traffic regs at all unless you jump a red light in front of him, least of all weights and trailer regs.

With a MAM of 749KG on a trailer you'd have to be have a hell of a heavily built trailer to exceed 750KG with a bare SR5.4 and Yam 70.

I've had utterly clueless police try this kind of thing with me before on my bikes (the most notable being when I was told my speedo on a 1979 bike didn't meet type approval regs for new vehicles brought in in 1997) They backed off on every occasion when I told them the law then told them to take me to court so I could make them look an ass.
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Old 09 October 2008, 18:20   #20
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but isnt that the point -that it is completely irrelevant what the weight is as it sits there with the boat on it. If the trailer max laden weight marked on it is over 750 kg then it needs brakes? Even if its empty. Which is a bit of a b****r if that is the case as I always worked on the keep it under 750kg and it would be fine without the brakes which I had taken out of it.
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/vehi...ntsfortrailers
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