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Old 09 September 2014, 17:45   #11
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The fuzz might not, but VOSA (with their aparrent new brief as a money making arm of DoT) sure as hell will. Look on here and other forums for all the bizarre and baseless things they've fined people and impounded trailers / vehicles for.
Got any examples? I can't find anything on a quick look.
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These rules don't apply to USA trucks as they have electric braking systems. My truck was supplied with a 44 ft camper body which was over 4 .5 ton the tax class is goods vehicle. Not PLG like my nissan. It's a grey area for sure. The sunny is 5 ton and the trailer has got to be over a ton
I still think the max weight trailer you can tow will be 3.5 tonnes unless you have air brakes fitted to the trailer!
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You may be right. But you probably know more than plod and I don't care. Too much!
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Got any examples? I can't find anything on a quick look.
Post on here somewhere about them pulling someone for having his tie-downs attached to the rope-hooks on his trailer - they objected on the grounds that they weren't loadtested!
Other posts about them pulling people for towing unladen trailers, which if loaded to their max capacity, would have exceeded the GCW of the tow vehicle. This last one was what a mate of mine had his trailer impounded for, even though VOSA guidance docs clearly state that it's the laden weight at the time that counts not the max it could carry.
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They pull for some old bollox just to have a look round and see who you are. Since the suss law was revoked they need an excuse to stop you. Same result different way
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I still think the max weight trailer you can tow will be 3.5 tonnes unless you have air brakes fitted to the trailer!
Doesn't have to be air brakes, it can be electric too. As long as it's not mechanical overrun.

If your pickup has a max gross weight of over 3500kg then you need category C1 on your licence to drive it (after 1997 you need to do an extra test for this). Also to tow over 750kg with it you need category C1+E (before 1997 you already have this, but it limits you to 8125kg gross train weight), again an extra test. With C1+E you can drive a vehicle up to 7500kg max gross weight, and a trailer over 750kg with a max train weight of 12000kg.
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Have the electric brake bias system built into my truck but not sure that these trailers are legal over here, it's a complete feck up really as the camper that this towed was 44ft long and had electric brakes, it also weighed over 4 ton yet legal, don't ask me!!!
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