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post #8 of (permalink) Old 17th August 2008
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Hmmm, further down the thread on the 'other' forum a chap that spend's his life towing/trailoring cars states this;

"Right this needs straightened out.

Firstly there are many metothods of towing.

Tow rope or Solid bar
Both of these towing methods requires a driver to use the controls of the towed car and as driving in law is completed when using the steering and/or brakes the towed car needs INS/MOT/TAX the driver also needs a valid full UK Driving licence.

A Frame or Dolly
When using these forms of towing device the towed car is driverless and is no longer classed as a car so it does not require INS/MOT/TAX however it does require to be road worthy in the same catagory that a trailer would be in i.e legal tyres that touch the road and also mudgaurds fitted etc. It's also now the responsibility of the towing car to be suitably insured to cover the vehicle (trailor) it is towing.

Weight limits (this also includes trailers) are also now brought into the equasion. The towing car will have a gross train weight (this weight is stamped on the chassis plate, see pic below)....this includes the weight of the towing car, the towed car and the towing device. Exceeding this weight is an offence. Believe it or not the train weight of a Fiat Panda 4x4 is 2100kg so 2.1 metric tones The plate also includes maximum weight limits for axles etc

The maximum weight a car can tow without a braking device fitted is 750Kg that includes the A frame, dolly and trailor. However if the A frame, Dolly and trailor are fitted with a braking device the maximum weight you can tow is the gross train weight minus the weight of the towing car.

Hope this clears up some misunderstandings"

That actually makes much more sense to me and, after all, who says the chap that phoned the DVLA didn't speak to a member of staff that doesn't know his ar$e from his elbow

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