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Not sure on the month but you can tow a trailer on a uk driving licence if and only if you pasted you test before 1996 and if you pasted you test after this you require a test for anything over 750kg? cheers Donald
If I recall correctly, the new limitations mean that you have to take an additional test if you're going to tow more than a 100% match or over a certain gross train weight. The former isn't recommended anyway, and that latter wouldn't be attainable with your average car and trailer. Though a big 4x4 (e.g. Range Rover) and a huge caravan may exceed the limit for those on the newer licenses.

Also on the subject of A-Frames, the requirement is for trailers over 750Kg to have auto-reverse overrun brakes. This effectively makes A-Frames illegal for anything over 750Kg, as even if you could hook up overrun brakes, there's no way you could make them auto-reverse. There are different laws in effect for recovering a broken down vehicle, but for simply transporting a vehicle (including one that has been deliberately disabled) use of an A-frame will leave you with an illegal combination.
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Originally Posted by Tiggerz_SRi View Post
needs front wheels off the ground iirc, Delta looked into this recently as I offered to tow a car for him, just need to hire a trailer now lol
If I could find a cheap one... tbh, with deposit on top it would be cheaper to get a recovery truck to do the job! I've half given up on ever rescuing that saff. Another point to consider is the trailer weight too. You seen the size of the saff, big ol thing it is. The trailer that would be required to move it would be massive dual axle jobbie. That ain't gonna be light..

Originally Posted by scatz View Post
Just pulled this off another forum;

"I've just phoned up DVLA about this, as I was interested as I wanted to do just this.

It is NOT legal to tow any vehicle without MOT and Tax on a public highway. The car MUST either be on a trailer or have valid trades plates (which would actually give it tax and the necessary road use clause)"

I'm told (made enquiries with police and father a while back) that trade plates can only be used on cars which are in posession of the trade plate owner. In other words the trade plate owner must own the car. They can't lend you the trade plates. PITA I know - I was looking at that idea myself for this other saff.
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Delta's right in most of what he says above. Your car has a maximum towing capacity, it's pretty easy to find in the handbook, or just Google your car for technical specifications. That limit is the combined weight of the trailer and the load.

Car transporter trailers also have load weight limits, so it's important to get the right trailer. They can be rented quite reasonably, IIRC the guy local to me charges 35/day, and you'll need to buy a number plate for the trailer.

So you need to know the kerb weight of the car to be towed, select the correct trailer, know it's weight and have a car capable of towing the combined weight......

@Tigz, I'm afraid that legally, your Galaxy can't tow a Safrane on a trailer
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wow alot of discussion im gonna go with a recovery vehicle as seems to be too much hassle just to fetch it myself thanks for all the advice chaps/lasses
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towing cars

dont you have tow dolly trailers over there, thats a 2 wheel trailer, you drive the car up, front wheels only on to the dolly trailer, strap it on, and tow it on back wheels, good for automatics, quite common here, the car then becomes part of the trailer, like a fifth wheel caravan.
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