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Old 14 July 2015, 09:53   #1
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Stupid or....

Is it me or is the law that you can't tow a trailer unless you are covered by the full max weight it can carry stupid, I can't even tow back our trailer that is rated to 1900 only weights 400 with nothing on, just a pain in the ar*e
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Old 14 July 2015, 11:00   #2
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Stupid or....

Correct.

I don't get the logic.
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Yeah 'capability to tow' rather than actual I heard..
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On the same logic though, you might expect to be able to tow a 7.5 tonne truck with a modern car license if it is running empty as it will be less than 3.5 tonne limit. Or perhaps a minibus with 6 passengers because its really just a van. Or a motorbike so long as you keep the speed under 30 like a moped.
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On the same logic though, you might expect to be able to tow a 7.5 tonne truck with a modern car license if it is running empty as it will be less than 3.5 tonne limit. Or perhaps a minibus with 6 passengers because its really just a van. Or a motorbike so long as you keep the speed under 30 like a moped.

And why not An empty trailer weighing 400kg is arguably safer to tow than a full one at the limit of his license. But then again I've got a "grandad" license so it doesn't affect me😎


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Pure speculation on my part but I believe it's all down to what is easily enforceable.. Hence rating plate method
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Is it me or is the law that you can't tow a trailer unless you are covered by the full max weight it can carry stupid, I can't even tow back our trailer that is rated to 1900 only weights 400 with nothing on, just a pain in the ar*e
Are you talking about driving licence requirements or GTW of the tow car?

For category B licence holders it is the trailer's MAM that is taken into account, but for the tow vehicle's GTW it is the actual weight.
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Im pretty sure that this is all a bit of an urben legend.

Has anyone ever seen this from an official source i.e..gov ?

I have been stopped towing an empty 3500kg trailer with my wifes CR-V, no issues at all even though the max tow weight on the CR-V was 1600kg, however they were not very happy that I had my number plate on the trailer, not wifey's ..........
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Just the fact that I have a car that can two 2ton a gvw of 2800 and all I want to do is tow a trailer home that is rated to 1800 but unladen is only 400kg thus meaning it's only all in about 3200kg within in licence, but because it has the capacity to carry more I have to get someone else to do it, or get my mum who doesn't have a clue how to tow a trailer sit it and stick some L plates on which is ridiculous! Just find it crazy!
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Being a young driver VOSA/police would do me for whatever they could to prove a point so not worth risking it!
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