Tow Bar Legislation

Towbar Legislation Car Tow Bar Regulations

   
 

To ensure that you stay legal and safe please ensure that you read this page and check back regularly to ensure that you are up to date with any rule/law changes.

Towbars and the law

European Law now states that all light passenger vehicles registered on or after 1st August 1998 require a type approved towbar tested to EC94/20 and towball with suitable D&S value. This is not retrospective and does not affect any vehicle registered before this date.

Fitment of a non type approved towbar on a vehicle registered on or after 1st August 1998 could result in prosecution and in the event of an accident the vehicles insurance could be invalidated.

What is the maximum weight i can carry in my trailer?

  • Unbraked trailer.. maximum 750kgs gross trailer weight or 50% of the towing vehicles kerbside weight-which ever is less
  • Braked trailer.. maximum 3500kgs gross trailer weight

The above obviously depends on the trailer and its weight restriction

What are the speed restrictions when towing?

It is 60 mph on motorways and dual carriageways with a national speed limit, 50 mph on other roads unless there are lower speed restrictions in operation.

Can I tow in the fast lane of a motorway?

No, you must not travel in the fast lane of the motorway whilst towing. Unless there are lane restrictions or you are directed by a police officer.

Licence Restrictions

If you passed your driving test after 1st january 1997 then you will have restrictions on what you can tow, if you are in doubt then refer to the DVLA website.

Quality

All towbars are designed (with the aid of the latest CAD system) to fit precisely to mounting points and are renowned for their ease of fit and unobtrusive appearance. Once the design is approved and tested to rigorous European standard EC94/20, it is then manufactured by an experienced production team using only certified British steel and finished in a high quality primer.

Quality management systems cover all areas from design to distribution to ensure customer satisfaction. Our towbars come with full fitting instructions complete with diagram should you wish to fit them yourself.

All type approved towbars carry a label to ensure product traceability and all the information necessary to conform fully to the European standard. Some care should be taken when selecting a towbar to ensure the D&S values are great enough for the model of vehicle required, again we are happy to advise on all of our range.

British & European Standards

All towbars comply with ISO 1102 and BS AU 113 which specifies the dimensions and location of the towball to ensure a safe and level towing height of between 350mm and 420mm (ground to centre of towball when vehicle is laden) EC94/20 the European Regulation : Towbars are totally committed to conform to this standard and have a full testing program underway in conjunction with the VCA (vehicle certification agency).

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