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    Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    As title, if the towed car has also a number plate board with lights from the the vehicle doing the towing, does this mean no tax mot etc is needed ?
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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by pxr5 View Post
    As title, if the towed car has also a number plate board with lights from the the vehicle doing the towing, does this mean no tax mot etc is needed ?
    thanks
    Pretty sure if 4 wheels of the vehicle that is being towed are on the road it needs to be fully legal
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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    Mmmm but at what point does it become a trailer?
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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    when its on one!
    all four wheels must be off the ground!

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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by rodster View Post
    Mmmm but at what point does it become a trailer?
    Never as my Dad found out a good few years ago ................ A cars intended use is a car thus never being a trailer
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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    Had this conversation with a very knowledgable (and friendly!) traffic cop a few years ago. If the vehicle on tow is fitted with an A-frame (ie. the vehicle is driverless while on tow) in the eyes of the law it becomes a trailer and is exempt from tax, MoT etc. BUT, any trailer with a max. laden weight over 750kgs MUST comply with the rules & regs on braking. Even braked A-frames don't comply with this, so you would still be breaking the law (these work by attaching a bowden cable from an over-run coupling to the cars brake pedal and do not meet the current trailer braking specs). If the vehicle on tow has a driver steering and is connected via a solid bar or rope, then it is still a car in the eyes of the law and must be fully road legal or have all four wheels clear of the road.

    You see plenty of motorhomes towing cars on A-frames and no-one in the UK has been prosecuted for using one so there is no "bench mark" legal case. However, you've only got to come against a knowledgable cop who has had a bad day.....

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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    My parents tow a car behind a motorhome & say its ok although they have heard of people getting pulled across europe & having to unhitch and drive as its not legal across spain etc.
    I have a towing dolly which is a good, wide & braked one, i bring cars away from auction, i was recently told that these cars should be taxed etc. I thought it would be ok as being a trailer which is atatched to my car that would be legal, Maybe not? any good advice welcome.

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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    Ive been told that from July 2010 all a-frames will be deemed illegal and thus the AA and RAC have ditched them for inbuilt vrs and rdt units .
    Ive bought many untaxed cars home from auction over the years ,but the rules are changing ,a mate got pulled last week using a a-frame and was fined for no tax or mot !
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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    EVERY bloody rule is changing as we fall in line with EU Transport Framework.

    As with all of them surely they need to make announcements and let us know not simply expect us to know every single rule for every motoring offence?

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    Re: Towing a car with a solid bar,legals needed?

    i'm glad i read this post,i was going to get an a frame to tow my mazda to the drag strip,if it needs to be taxed and tested i might as well drive it there.it would be nice if the rule makers let us know when they change them,they are a bit like my girlfriend,they expect us to be bloody mind readers

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