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Postby Colin Valentine » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:55 am

i wasn't sure which category to put this item under.
But as it is essentially about Car Trailers, then Motorsport seemed the most appropriate.
Competition IMPs are most likely moved around on a car trailers, so it might be of interest.

Recently, in Motorsport News Brian James Trailers have run an advert with the following quote:
"As of 29th October, it is against the law to sell a trailer in the UK without a legally recognised approval, regardless of build date."

I flagged this as a concern with a couple of people, and I have also been referred to "Armitages Trailer & Towbar Specialists". Their website says:
"New laws apply to most trailers completed after 28-10-12 and mean very few trailers can be sold or used in the UK unless they have an approval certificate"
There is a difference between Brian James who implies it is all trailers, & Armitage who thinks it is only new trailers.
Either way be warned to take care in future if buying using a Car Trailer.
The motivation for the legislation is to stop cowboy trailer builders, and ensure that for new trailers that all parts are subject to stringent quality tests.
Government Regulation is coming down from United Nations & probably the EU, where there have been Regulations for many years.
I think the Eu may have something akin to an MOT for Trailers. Perhaps one of our Dutch friends can explain.
What is being aimed at is Type Approval for Trailers, like we have for cars.
According to Armitage there is a way for smaller manufacturers to get approval via an individual vehicle approval system using the Goverment VOSA Testing Stations.
I'm not trying to pass an opinion on the rights or wrongs of this, just publicising the info for anyone who might be affected.
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Re: Car Trailers

Postby mikeyhearne » Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:16 am

normaly this type of legeslation is not retrospective of the date it is approved and would only apply to new builds
of course Brian j-ames would say what they have , they are out so sell more trailers.
i hope someone has the time to clarify this issue as I have a car trailer for sale at the moment (10' x 6' flat bed £100 )
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Re: Car Trailers

Postby bazzateer » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:15 am

As Mikey says, should only apply to new-build trailers but may also apply to any trailer sold by a commercial outfit. If I decide to buy a trailer from another member of the public privately I can't see how the authorities would even know.

As far as the UN being involved, I think it very unlikely.
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Re: Car Trailers

Postby mikeyhearne » Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:22 am

as a brief aside , similar rules came in for tow bars some years ago to the effect that any towbar fitted to and vehicle after that date was requred to have a type approval plate fitted to it , Old bars on old cars were not effected .
this sounds the same but to the trailers themselves .
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Re: Car Trailers

Postby Keith 'Supaimpy' Laming » Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:35 pm

Well the VCA seem to think this

Construction and Use, and Lighting Regulations
All trailers used on the road must comply with various regulations about their construction and use. These
are primarily The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) and The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 (as amended). For a trailer to be used on the UK highway it must be safe and well-engineered so that it is unlikely to fall apart or otherwise cause danger to other road users.

In addition, from 29 October 2012 onwards, new trailers will need to be approved. This means that a government agency will need to sanction the design of new trailers before sales can begin.

They do the type approvals in the small manufacturers thru out the UK,
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