Originally Posted by Andy_Rs600
Quite true, all the weights are plate weights, not actual weights, but it is an offence for the actual weight to exceed the plate weight by any margin.
Not quite true. Not recommended, but not in itself illegal. VOSA (trying to find the link) say something like 'there is no legal requirements on the ratio of trailer to tractor vehicle weights'. As long as you have C+E on your license, nor is the manufacturer's handbook law.
Seems you may not get done for exceeding the towing recomendations of the manufacturer, however if it "constitutes a danger" then you get done for dangerous driving, 6of one half a dozen really!
the truth of it is that most police dont know the law themselves, and if everything looks reasonable and is a sensible looking combination then your'e unlikley to have any problems.
so dont go towing a pac 22 behind a subaru!!
"the maximum permissible trailer weight is quoted by the vehicle manufacturer. If this is exceeded it is possible that the Courts or Insurance Companies take the view that this constitutes a danger."