does a trailer have anything similar to an mot or anything or can you take any old peice of crap on the road?

also if your towing a car on a rope on the road does it have to be taxed and/or MOt'd and does the person who is steering/braking have to be insured or even have a license?

or if anyone knows a good website that explains all laws like this could you point me in that direction, cheers

A car being towed on a rope h

A car being towed on a rope has to be road legal, inc. a licenced driver. There is much argument as to whether a car being towed on an 'A fram' should also be road legal. I have towed many non road legel cars this way, but only ones that look like they may be 'safe'.
As for trailers. There is no 'MOT'. There have been rumers of one being brought in, in the future, as in many continental countries. There are laws that apply though. One's I know are:
1) Lights. Tail, number plate, stop and indicaters as aminimum. All in working order, and showing no white light.
2) A number plate that matches the tow vehicle.
3) If it's over a sertain wheight (750Kg I think) breakes opperated by the trailer pushing against a slowing tow vehicle.
4) If it has breaks, a hand opperated break, and an emergency break cord/chain which will opperate the breaks, and hold them on if the trailer parts company whith the tow car.
As you are a student I asum you have not had a licence long? If not, I can't remember when the law changed but people who past their tests after a certain date have to take a seperat test to be able to tow a trailer on the road.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.


"Car licences obtained before 1 January 1997
All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence expires. This means they are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM. They also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750 kgs MAM.

Car licences obtained on or after 1 January 1997
Drivers who passed a car test on or after 1 January 1997 are required to pass an additional driving test in order to gain entitlement to category B+E which allows them to tow caravans and trailers." (DSA)

Think this should shed some light on the subject.

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ive only had my license two y

ive only had my license two yyears and i thought i was allowed to tow a trailer with gross weight less than or equal to my cars maximum gross weight or something. thanks for the info, ill do some proper research before i actually buy anything. cheers

Apparently these are the

Apparently these are the people to talk to about towing questions, in the UK:
Vehicle Standards Engineering
(5) division
Department for Transport
Zone 2/01
Great Minster House
76 Marsham Street
The telephone number is 020 7944 2064

As for the driving licence thing, 1st Jan 1997 was when things got tighter. Licences passed befor that can tow what they like up to the trailer and tow vehicles recomended maximum, as long as the total weight is less than 8.25 Tonne.
After 1997 it's: Trailer up to 750kg (allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes), OR a trailer over 750kg provided the weight of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes.

Any veiws expresed in this thread by me are purely from my own experience, and (sometimes) falible memory. Hope my comments help, but please don't take them as gospel.