Join Date: Mar 2008
My Motorhome: A Caravan of all things !!
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There is no need to contact the chap at the DFT as he hasn’t said they are (or are not) legal he has ONLY supplied you with a link to their information page. The information on that page is unequivocal. ALL trailers must comply with the regulations, and they say that when reversed the trailer brakes must offer minimal drag, which a normal car cannot.
The DFT will NEVER EVER give legal advice (I tried on this VERY subject for a few years and only ever got a standard reply “These are the regulations, it’s up to a court not the DFT to interpret them”
I have never heard of anyone being prosecuted for using an A frame in the U.K. BUT if one was involved in a fatal RTC and someone started digging then doubtless a prosecution (and because of the reasons I have given) a conviction is the result, then a serious penalty (causing death by dangerous driving?) COULD result.
I for one never used an A frame (an excellent system in my view but the law differs) but towed a Smart car on a trailer. Yes it was a pain but I KNEW I was 100% legal.
I am keen to make sure that anyone on this forum who is thinking about using an A frame is in possession of the FACTS in respect of whether they meet the required regulations (which clearly, technically, they do not)
If someone chooses to “risk it” then that’s doen to them but I feel, bearing in mind my previous job, to point out the legalities to them so they can make an informed decision based on fact not supposition.
I have no desire to get into an arguement with anyone over this. I KNOW what the regulations state and I likewise KNOW that a car on an A frame, with an over-run braking system does NOT comply with them. I am aware certain manufacturers CLAIM they are legal, but are not prepared to offer to pay anyone’s legal fee if prosecuted. Ask yourself why not.
Its not the destination that matters.
It's who you share the journey with (even if like me, it’s in a caravan!)
I am very fortunate to have Mrs Plodd to share mine with