Originally Posted by Poly
You need to read construction and use regs, s87(1) will tell you what you want to know.
There are two different laws, first you must have a license for the combination of vehicles you are using which is based on maximum permitted. The police don't need to weigh anything to determine this.
Second, you must not overload the vehicle / combination which is about the actual weight. A prosecution requires a trip to a weigh bridge.
So just to get my head straight. Because this is going against what I've always been led to believe:-
I can tow a trailer which is plated with a mgw higher than the vehicle can legally tow, as long as I don't load it above the mgw of the vehicle/trailer combo.
E.g my new boat trailer has a mgw of 2750kg, the actual weight of boat & trailer is around 1600kg. My VW transporter can tow a maximum of 2600kg (150kg less than the mgw of the trailer) Can I tow the boat with the VW?
Ignore the licensing issue as I have an old style licence, I'm just interested in the vehicle side of things.