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Old 16 December 2015, 14:45   #1
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Trailer law and ratings

Hi,

I need to test my understanding of trailer law and see if anyone can help if I've got it right

I have a trailer a few years old. I bought it over specced as I always like to have a bit of a margin for error so the trailer is a 3 tonne model even though the rig only weighs in at around 2000kg.

I understand the law is now that I need to have a vehicle that can handle the full plated capacity of the trailer despite what the actual weight of the package is.

I am looking to downsize tow vehicle and wondered if it is legitimate to re plate the trailer down to 2500kg (the capacity of the vehicle I'm looking to downsize to).

If this is possible can anyone suggest how I'd go about getting an id plate made for the new rating? Who can produce plates?

Thanks for your help,
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Old 16 December 2015, 17:02   #2
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You can down plate. Contact the trailer manufacturer in the first instance.

There is a lot of ambiguity if you need to downplate... you'll get someone who says you must, someone else who says you don't need to... And most of the rules on gov.uk are written in double jibberish...
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Old 16 December 2015, 17:18   #3
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I thought the rule was the actual load was what mattered ie you could tow a trailer rated 3.5 tonnes with a. 2.5 tonne rated car and be ok as long as the weight is below 2.5 tonne
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Yes, it's what the trailer's plated to that counts. As said above: have a chat with the manufacturer and see if they can assist.
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Oh dear I alternate a goods trailer between a merc ml and a hilux ill have to get another plate and some velcro I guess
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And if the plates just fell off and you had no idea how old the trailer was ??
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I guess the big question is has anyone ever been procecuted for towing an overrated trailer that is not overloaded ie loaded within the cars tow capacity
I actually thought I'd read the opposite on this forum but I guess you shouldn't believe everything you read on forums
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I guess the big question is has anyone ever been procecuted for towing an overrated trailer that is not overloaded ie loaded within the cars tow capacity
I actually thought I'd read the opposite on this forum but I guess you shouldn't believe everything you read on forums
My friend was fined for this very thing, not a boat trailer though, was a completely empty ifor Williams trailer behind his astra car. Only doing someone a favour and got fined for it. I think he said was circa 300 but I maybe wrong, was a while ago he told me. BTW it was in largs so pretty close to home!

Didn't go to weight bridge or anything, was done on the trailer plated gvw and car gvw.
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Hmm bugger that realy is a pita I wonder if the astra and ifor combo looked wrong to attract attention
My goods trailer is 3.5t and hilux is 2.7t but together They don't look wrong
Looks like I'll need another plate for it but there only pennies off eBay and I doubt anyone would know the difference
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but there only pennies off eBay and I doubt anyone would know the difference
Can't find them............?
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