Trailer checks stepped up by DVSA
Crack down on trailer maintenance
In October the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) issued a reminder to boaters to check their trailers are safe and legal before each journey, as the agency is increasing the number of inspections it carries out. In a recent Department for Transport report, 50% of trailers were found to be unsafe. The DVSA will be enforcing safe trailer use with a year-long operation which will check thousands of extra light trailers (under 3.5 tonnes) and caravans. DVSA can issue fines and immobilise dangerous vehicles at roadside inspections. Guidance includes ensuring you are carrying the correct driving licence to tow, encouraging regular maintenance of both trailers and towbars and awareness of the maximum towing weight of your vehicle and the maximum authorised mass of your combined vehicle and trailer. It said if drivers are unsure of how to tow or use a trailer, they should contact the National Trailer and Towing Association (NTTA) for a free trailer check. A DVSA video and full guidance on towing can be found here.
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