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Old 02 June 2019, 04:22   #1
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A mate just got pulled for being overweight using Mitsubishi L200, 2 weeks old and can tow 3.5 ton. Wrong,you can only tow 3.5 ton if using a tri-axle trailer! Police Scotland are seemingly on the case/ball.
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A mate just got pulled for being overweight using Mitsubishi L200, 2 weeks old and can tow 3.5 ton. Wrong,you can only tow 3.5 ton if using a tri-axle trailer! Police Scotland are seemingly on the case/ball.


Thatís odd, the logbook only specifies the maximum braked & un-braked towing weights, no mention of number of axles. So I wonder what Plod is basing his action on
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i think plods wrong as long as everything is rated for the tonage
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perhaps there is some law stating maximum loads for single twin and tri axle trailers . my single axle is max 1300kg perhaps if the trailer was fitted with two 1300kg axles but weighed 3 ton it would be illegal
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Sounds like another bit of police ignorance.
To start with 2019 L200's can tow 3500Kg so no issues there. 2018 models can only tow 3200Kg.
Today you can go and buy a twin axle Ifor GH126 (for example) twin axle plant trailer rated at 3500Kg gross. So generally speaking the fact that it is a twin does not automatically prevent a trailer from carrying 3500Kg.



So provided the trailer is built for 3500Kg and there is no plate limiting axle weight OR anything to do with tyre loading then he should be fine on that.


Lastly did they take him to a weigh bridge........?
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on the id plate it should show no of axles and weight/axle maybe he got him on it didnt amount to the gross?
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Sounds like another bit of police ignorance.
I suspect itís more likely that we didnít get the full story.
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I suspect itís more likely that we didnít get the full story.


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Nothing hidden and not police ignorance, although I hate to say it but they appear to be correct. Its on the the vehicle clearly shown on the ID plate. Dealer confirmed its only 3.5 ton when using tri-axle trailer. Google it. I also thought they were talking shite. That's why I posted this as I know some towing companies are using these trucks.
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Sounds like another bit of police ignorance.
To start with 2019 L200's can tow 3500Kg so no issues there. 2018 models can only tow 3200Kg.
Today you can go and buy a twin axle Ifor GH126 (for example) twin axle plant trailer rated at 3500Kg gross. So generally speaking the fact that it is a twin does not automatically prevent a trailer from carrying 3500Kg.



So provided the trailer is built for 3500Kg and there is no plate limiting axle weight OR anything to do with tyre loading then he should be fine on that.


Lastly did they take him to a weigh bridge........?
Yes, they took him to weight bridge. It can tow the 3500kg but only if on a tri-axle trailer. This is the bit I have never heard about.
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