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Old 23 December 2005, 04:27   #21
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If it was I'd consider hiring a 7.5 tonner or a big Sprinter. Pitters of West end do em with tow hooks. You get around the weight problem and they are much finer on the motorway!
Absolutely right, Stu.. much better option.......unless.... check your licence... if your C1E category has a code of 107 after it... you’re limited to 8250 GTW.. I.e. 7.5 Tonner and 750 KG trailer.... People who passed there test before '97 ( I think) and haven't done trailer tests..got this code added ..... I've got it on my licence... but I've also got CE.... so I can't tow my boat behind my 7.5 tonner... but I can drive my 12 tonner with its 5 tonne trailer...go figure...??? …and you’ll need your tacho still…





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Old 23 December 2005, 06:03   #22
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but I've also got CE.... so I can't tow my boat behind my 7.5 tonner... but I can drive my 12 tonner with its 5 tonne trailer...go figure...???
That's got to be wrong.

Surely when driving a 7.5 tonner with a big trailer you are driving it under the entitlement of your C+E licence, so any C1+E restriction is irrelevant.

If you were to lose your C+E entitlement (or not renew it as you must be approaching that age), then you'd need to drive to the C1+E rules.

John

PS Doug would need to comply with drivers' hours and tacho regs because it would be for business use, but it might be something worth considering for private users who want to occasionally tow a larger RIB.
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Old 23 December 2005, 06:09   #23
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That's got to be wrong.

Surely when driving a 7.5 tonner with a big trailer you are driving it under the entitlement of your C+E licence, so any C1+E restriction is irrelevant.

If you were to lose your C+E entitlement (or not renew it as you must be approaching that age), then you'd need to drive to the C1+E rules.

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Doh! I'd kinda figured that one myself, Oh Lanky One... I was just pointing a finger of fun at the stupidity of the bureaucracy from the good people at Swansea...must be something in the air, down there.... so less of the “ageism” comments you…and get back to removing threads/posts before I have time to wade in wiv me size 12s….
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... but it might be something worth considering for private users who want to occasionally tow a larger RIB.
Or tow on the continent... a Tacho isn't an expensive addition....
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Old 23 December 2005, 06:25   #25
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Absolutely right, Stu.. much better option.......unless.... check your licence... if your C1E category has a code of 107 after it... you’re limited to 8250 GTW.. I.e. 7.5 Tonner and 750 KG trailer.... People who passed there test before '97 ( I think) and haven't done trailer tests..got this code added ..... I've got it on my licence... but I've also got CE.... so I can't tow my boat behind my 7.5 tonner... but I can drive my 12 tonner with its 5 tonne trailer...go figure...??? …and you’ll need your tacho still…





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I bet the Magistrates love it when you come up before them!
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I bet the Magistrates love it when you come up before them!
Nah... dunno why though? I thought everone loved a smartarse....

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Hi Jono, (I know you love this stuff)
and anyone else interested.

I have a number of issues with VOSA and wrote to them asking for a clarification on various points. I wrote to the local Traffic Commisioners office which for us is in Bristol. I got an acknowledgement after 2 weeks and an email after 6 (good job I wasn't in a hurry then). Here is part of it from t' 'orses mahf.

"You have mentioned trailers in your query. For a motor vehicle and drawbar trailer, if the total of the gross plated weights does not exceed 3.5 tonnes, (or if either the vehicle or trailer is not plated, an unladen
weight of 1525 kgs) an operators' licence will not be required. (In each
case, a trailer with an unladen weight of less than 1025 kg need not be
taken in to account. If the weights outlined above are likely to be
exceeded, in our view, an operator's licence will be required.

You have mentioned the need for a tachograph in your query. Under EC
3820/85 "Vehicles used for the carriage of goods where the maximum permissable weight of the vehicle, including any trailer or semi- trailer, does not exceed 3.5 tonnes." are exempt from the requirement for a tachograph to be fitted.
Under UK domestic rules any vehicle being used (and specially fitted for that use... for cultural events and exhibitions" are also exempt. If you are content that either one or both of the above will apply to the use(s) of the vehicle(s) you have described in your letter, a tachograph may not be required."

Please note the bits about tacho's and an operators licence which not many people realise at this time )except Jono who, I understand, is going into business installing tacho's and if he isn't he should be). EEC harmonisation! Don't you just love it! I believe the UK VOSA is delightfully vague and confusing because they are caught between UK and EEC law here. That's why they are saying it is up to the courts to interpret these laws, and all VOSA can do is offer "guidelines" which can be "tested". Even if you follow VOSA guidelines to the letter - you could be in trouble. The weird thing is though, it will probably be a VOSA officer that reports you (and they're everywhere in their new 4X4's), so, follow the guidlelines!

Hope this has been useful to members.
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Here's a good idea... what we need is a "tester".... ….. Drive around with a 2.9 metre wide 9 metre long wide boat on a trailer plated to 3,500 Kg behind a Landrover with no tacho until you get stopped by the Police... then see what they charge you with...... and see if it "sticks" in court with a top Silk representing you... then publish the findings on RibNet............ any Volunteers?
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Here's a good idea... what we need is a "tester".... ….. Drive around with a 2.9 metre wide 9 metre long wide boat on a trailer plated to 3,500 Kg behind a Landrover with no tacho until you get stopped by the Police... then see what they charge you with...... and see if it "sticks" in court with a top Silk representing you... then publish the findings on RibNet............ any Volunteers?
No ta!!

I've dragged my 7.8 Ribcraft behind the Disco for about 1,000 miles, which by the time you add the towbar/drawbar and how far the outdrive sticks out is about 9m. It's just over 2.9m wide as well. I've not been stopped.

It won't go over 50mph before it starts to wobble, and I've had a couple of hairy moments with it. It now goes from the compound to the slip and back again. If I had to move it any great distance I'd rather go by sea - or hire something to pull it - although it looks like I'd have to get someone qualified to tow it as well (code 107 etc etc).

Anyway - as my licence is being sent away this afternoon (something to do with a photo and a speed limit somewhere ), I can do without any more attention from the boys in blue for a while!!

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It won't go over 50mph before it starts to wobble, and I've had a couple of hairy moments with it.
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I would say the combination is just badly setup - I have towed the race boat with an overall length of over 8 metres and a beam of 2.5 metres and a weight of just under 1000 kg off the trailer to Italy, Spain, Gibralter, Holland, Denmark, Germany, and Norway at speeds slightly in excess of 50mph without any difficulty at all - it probably just needs the axle moving back or forwards a little, thats all!
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