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Change in legislation: 3,500kg (3.5t) vehicles and towing trailers


As from the 4th December 2011 if you tow a trailer and are moving goods for hire and reward with a light commercial vehicle with a gross weight of 3,500kg (3.5 tons), you will be required to hold an operators licence and comply with all the relative legislation.

Historically companies or individuals have been able to tow a trailer behind a vehicle which has a gross weight less than 3,500kg (based on the trailer weighing less than 1,020kg/1 ton) with the vehicle running on a tachograph only while towing.

To bring us in line with European legislation as of the 4th December anybody towing for hire and reward will have to hold an operators licence which will require someone in the organisation holding a CPC, submitting the vehicle/s and trailer/s to periodic safety checks and keeping detailed records of the vehicle usage and various other mandatory obligations.

The introduction of the change in legislation on towing a trailer has received little publicity and will effect hundreds of companies and individuals who move products, plant and equipment or cars around the country for hire and reward by using a 3.5 ton truck and trailer.

Steve Elwell of KFS Special Vehicles commented "We see the above having a massive impact on companies in the UK who currently deliver goods in this manner. Where companies have Mercedes, Iveco, Ford or Fiat 3.5 ton trucks, although lending themselves to towing with high gross train weights do not particularly have good payload capacity on the truck itself. If the operator does not want to go down the route of applying and maintaining an operators licence what they can now carry on the vehicle itself will be greatly restricted due to it’s high kerb weight and low payload.

With the range of 3.5 ton vehicles developed by KFS Special Vehicles such as the Ultra 3.5t Car Transporter for the car logistics and movement market and the Plant & Go 3.5t Plant Transporter range for the hire market, the ability to carry a far greatly range of goods is catered for”.

For more information on the range of light weight bodies from KFS Special Vehicles Ltd contact us or call on 01264 350666.


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Davey commented on 29-Mar-2012 11:38 AM4 out of 5 stars
I like the "hire or reward" bit but in actual fact VOSA don't know the rules themselves! (try phoning them!) As to "reward" suppose Joe Bloggs who is a "7.5 ton driver" does a favour by using his two tonne 4x4 and trailer to move a 2.5 ton boat for a friend
Jim Plinge. The job is being done just for the diesel money. The $64,000 dollar question is whether Joe Bloggs's sailing trip later on is a "reward" thus requiring a tachograph. Presumably if Bloggs and Plinge are joint owners of the boat all will be OK as
the job is then being done under "own account". VOSA state that they can only give guidance and they will point out that they are not lawyers but this vagueness does seem to be a poor state of affairs. I have seen large boats pulled over by the police on numerous
occasions. In one case a large van was being used as the tractor. The problem is that (1) vans are commercial (2) most vans are only rated for towing two tonnes. (3) unless the van driver is a "7.5 ton driver" he will not be licensed for hauling so much weight.
(4) American built boat trailers often didn't comply with UK rules but thankfully the seven foot six width restriction is now history. Its a minefield out there!

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