Originally Posted by fritz11
I have been a transport manager for over 15 years, plated weight is all that matters, if the plate says 3500 kg then the vehicles towing capacity must be 3500 kg or higher, regardless of wether it is loaded or not. I was told by a Vosa inspector years ago that we couldn't tow our 3.5t ifor trailer with an L200 as it's towing capacity was 2.7 ton. The pickup and empty trailer were parked in our yard at the time and he said ' I better not see that rig on the road or I'll have your operators licence' .
As far as driving licences, tachographs and operators licences are concerned you are correct that plated weight is all that matters.
As far as vehicles are concerned, it is actual weights that count. As long as the vehicle does not exceed its GVW, the trailer does not exceed its GVW and the two combined do not exceed the towing vehicle's GTW then you are legal.
Unfortunately there are many police and VOSA who do not fully understand the law themselves. My mini artic was stopped by both police and VOSA who tried telling me I didn't have the correct licence to drive it, but after I insisted that I did they checked the rule book and agreed that I was correct.