Call us today on 01934 421335

MoT Matters

MoT Matters is the official blog of the MoT Club. Covering the whole of the British Isles, the MoT Club provides its members with unlimited access to advice, training, representation and information regarding MoT testing.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Towed trailer safety - a reminder

Posted by on in DVSA News

DVSA has launched a campaign to remind drivers of the safest methods to use when towing trailers.
New DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, today issued a brief statement, highlighting the importance of making sure all drivers who tow trailers, know how to use the equipment safely.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:
“DVSA is raising awareness on how to use trailers safely. This follows the tragic death of 3 year old Freddie Hussey in 2014 and a number of other incidents involving trailers.
“DVSA has recently published guidance on using this equipment correctly including; how to secure coupling, ensuring that brakes are in good order and checking that all lights are working properly.”
DVSA has published a guide on GOV.UK about Using Towed Trailers
A brief overview of the main points are listed below.

Trailer Checks
Before the start of any journey, the driver of the towing vehicle needs to make sure that:
•    the load is distributed evenly
•    their trailer isn’t overloaded
•    the load is secure
•    the lights aren’t damaged and are working correctly
•    the 7 or 13 core cable and plug isn’t damaged
•    a breakaway cable or secondary coupling is used; that this isn’t damaged and is correctly connected (refer to manufacturer’s advice)
•    the tyre pressures are correct, the tyres aren’t damaged and the tread depth is legal (remember to also check the towing vehicle)
•    the wheel nuts/bolts are tightened to the correct torque (remember to also check the towing vehicle)
•    the trailer is correctly coupled to the tow ball or pin (refer to manufacturer’s advice)
•    the coupling height is correct
•    there are secure mudguards on the trailer

0

Comments

  • Guest
    Marc Thursday, 04 August 2016

    Trailers seem to be completly unregulated, I've seen some terrible trailers, police never seem bothered.

    Bilston MOT

Leave your comment

Guest
Guest Saturday, 06 June 2020

Join the Mot Club

Go to top