Sorry in advance if I am in the minority regarding knowledge of this area of the law.
I need some clarification of something that was pointed out to us last week by a driving instructor, regarding the relationship between the kerb weight of a tow vehicle and the size of the trailer it is towing. In fairness he did say that the Police don't seem to be aware of it either, but you can bet your life that the insurance companies do!
Here is an extract from the Department of Transport website (http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/group...ds_506866.hcsp
) that explains the area that he was talking about.
"The following is a summary of the main requirements.
If however the gross weight of the towing vehicle is 3.5 tonnes or less then the maximum permissible width and length (of the trailer) are 2.3 metres and 7 metres respectively.
A quick scan of the What Car website indicates that all 4x4s (including Range Rovers & VW Touaregs) have a kerb weight of less than 3.5 tonnes.
Does this mean that no 4x4 (regardless of manufacturers towing claims) can legally tow any rib longer than 7m? Even a 6m rib with the tubes deflated could exceed the width limit. Where does this leave people who tow boats behind estate cars?
What size boats do you guys tow, and what vehicle do you use? Any feedback would be appreciated.