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Old 25 October 2009, 03:39   #1
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Trailers -mots

I was chatting to a guy at my unit about my trailer when he asked about the mot for it.I told him i had never heard it needed one.I know it doesnt but under what circumstances does a trailer, say car trailer or box trailer need an mot.(if at all)Thanks Peter
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Old 25 October 2009, 04:47   #2
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I'm sure Nos or someone in the "business" will be able to provide a fairly definitive answer - but I think the cut off is at 3500 kg.... life in general gets more complicated at this point (registration of the trailer, licensing for the driver etc).
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I'm sure Nos or someone in the "business" will be able to provide a fairly definitive answer - but I think the cut off is at 3500 kg.... life in general gets more complicated at this point (registration of the trailer, licensing for the driver etc).
Yep, it needs an MOT at over 3500kg.
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The big problem is .. if this limit gets lowered ... whats the consensus on that happening ?
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I've heard talk of it being lowered to include all braked trailers. Imagine trying to keep boat trailer brakes up to MOT standard.
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I've heard talk of it being lowered to include all braked trailers. Imagine trying to keep boat trailer brakes up to MOT standard.
I can see it now... folk on their driveways in the small hours whacking bearings with large lump hammers the night before the MOT!
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I think it would be difficult to introduce retrospectively - as it would presumably require each trailer to be marked / identifiable and registerred etc. So if they were to introduce it I would imagine all new trailers would need to be registerred and it would apply to trailers registerred after X date.

However in any case just because the trailer isn't subject to an annual official inspection doesn't actually mean it is allowed to be used in an "unsafe" condition.
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When you see the knick of some of the things people tow its any wonder it hasnt happened before now .. the big difficulty IMO is that it would also have to include the 'bet noir' of towing .. the caravanner .. which by and large are actually a safe bet chassis wise .. now where did I leave my C4 explosives ?
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.. now where did I leave my C4 explosives ?
oh sry, you said I could have them until Monday...
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Ouch, If that regulation comes in I'm gonna beg Betajim to make me a trailer! I think it's a damn clever way of towing a boat!
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