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Old 18 December 2015, 03:11   #41
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I found that letter by the way...
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the letter blurred on my pc have you a link to it or a better copy.

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Old 18 December 2015, 04:32   #42
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That letter John Kennett has just linked to is good enough for me ill be keeping a copy in both my cars could save a lot of hassle
Ah, but that is titled for Light Goods Vehicles - is it only valid if you are driving an LGV?
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Old 18 December 2015, 04:40   #43
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Oh and yer licence description becomes a simplification because there are three generations of licence and all allow trailer > 750kg but with dwindling tow vehicle weight over the years.
I got my license in 1988 so had the towing entitlement. I then declared a health condition to DVLA and was put on a one year licence with all entitlements taken away. After a few years of that I went to a three year licence and B & E came back (as did the rest)!
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Old 18 December 2015, 05:21   #44
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the AA have a good guide, interestingly i have picked up on the gov site, parkers & the AA max width of trialer or caravan was pre 2010 2.3m in the uk now in line with EU at 2.55m that means i was ilegal towing my rib pre 2010 at 2.4m width.
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that means i was ilegal towing my rib pre 2010 at 2.4m width.
no - the trailer wasn't too wide, the load was overhanging it (permitted by up to 30cm each side IIRC)
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Old 18 December 2015, 08:22   #46
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no - the trailer wasn't too wide, the load was overhanging it (permitted by up to 30cm each side IIRC)
yep 305mm your right poly.

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Ah, but that is titled for Light Goods Vehicles - is it only valid if you are driving an LGV?
It's fine for my hilux and to be honest I can't see why the rules would change from private to lgv.
Private is more likely to be 1 trailer 1 vehicle and usually same load thinking about boats caravans etc.
With lgv and a goods trailer you could load insulation 1 day and concrete blocks the next so more chance of abusing weight restrictions
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I wouldn't trust that letter so far as I can throw it.

If I was doing this i would write to them yourself and let them respond accordingly, with your name on it then you would imagine that is proof enough.
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I had a word with my cousin who's a traffic cop today regarding this & I gave him a simple scenario:-

Ignoring any licence category issues, can I tow a trailer plated at 2750kg mgw with my VW transporter van that has a maximum towing capacity of 2600kg as long as the trailer weight is under the max towing weight of the VW? Answer :- yes as long as you don't exceed the mgtw of the combo & axle weights etc. The plated weight of the trailer relates to the maximum weight of the trailer & load & bears no relation to the capacity of the tow vehicle. To bring a successful prosecution you would have to be weighed & proven to be overweight (no jokes please&#128526
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