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Old 20-10-11, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default Trailer Certification 2012

New regulations come into force next year for ALL trailers, including low-volume and one-off builds like ours:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/vehicletype/trailers.asp

This is the first time that this type of legislation has been introduced for the smaller end of the market, and will affect a lot of people.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/vca/vehicletype/trailers.asp

Read the item through, thoroughly, including the table for the timescales for introduction.

We have plans to get our own trailer tested anyway, but for the rest of you, have a think about the implications.

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Old 20-10-11, 07:49 PM   #2
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so if i have a homemade trailer i will have to get it certified? I don't get it!
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Old 20-10-11, 07:50 PM   #3
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There doesn't appear to be any suggestion that the legislation applies retrospectively - in other words; if you already have a trailer, it is exempt. If you buy a trailer second hand, which was manufactured before the application date, that is exempt. If you build your own trailer after the rules come into force, it will require testing.

Perhaps I've missed something - there LOTS of it!

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it was bought of a guy who made it himself for moving his mowers to his allotment then we bought it.
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As Martin points out, I don't think that it will affect many of us. The way I read it is that "vehicle builders" will have to apply for type approval for their "vehicles". Can't see anything that says that "Joe Public" will have to get his trailer tested(?)
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Old 20-10-11, 09:25 PM   #6
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If i do ever get a trailer probally be an Ifor Williams, Bateson, Brian James or a Inspession Challenger. Dout if it would apply?


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Old 20-10-11, 09:38 PM   #7
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I had to have a hunt for this, but it should be read with the above in mind:

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Category O: Trailers (including semi-trailers)

Category O1: Trailers with a maximum mass not exceeding 0,75 tonnes

Category O2: Trailers with a maximum mass exceeding 0,75 tonnes but not exceeding 3,5 tonnes.

Category O3: Trailers with a maximum mass exceeding 3,5 tonnes but not exceeding 10 tonnes.

Category O4: Trailers with a maximum mass exceeding 10 tonnes.

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Thus there is no Category 'O', just sub-categories as above.

Technically, our trailer is liable to be tested/certified now, but as it was made before the October deadline, we have until 2013 to get it certified if it goes into series production.

What I can't see is anything in the way of guidance for the home builder or home assembler.

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I've read the article twice now and still can't see where it says that trailers need to be tested. I've looked at the "Date tables" but doesn't that apply to manufacturers seeking type approval and "Conformity of Product" for their products?? I've made a lot of trailers but I still don't think that qualifies me as a Manufacturer.
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Old 20-10-11, 09:49 PM   #9
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We will also need two reversing lights, but these are already in the lights that we will fit, the existing ones were a quick way to get it rolling for Nuenen!

The 2 reversing light requirement is for trailers up to 3500kg group O2.

That also implies a 13-pin DIN plug and cable.....

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Old 20-10-11, 09:50 PM   #10
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Charles:

Testing is for the Type Approval, not for trailers on the road, but that is also in the pipeline I'm afraid.

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