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Old 9 Jan 2019, 12:35 (Ref:3874938)   #1
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Trailer Registration for Europe

This was posted on the Monoposto Forum recently. I guess it could well affect some people here...

Important information on trailer registration plates for registered number plate suppliers

From 28 March 2019, it will be a requirement for certain trailers travelling abroad to be registered with DVLA. To give customers enough time to register, we aim to launch the service in January 2019. When registered, trailers must display a trailer registration number plate as well as the registration number plate of the towing vehicle.

Registration plates must be supplied by registered number plate suppliers. You may be asked to supply these plates so you will need the following information.

Trailer registration plate specifications

The trailer registration mark will consist of one letter followed by seven numbers. They will be grouped as one letter and three numbers followed by a group of four numbers, for example A123 4567 in this layout.

The plate should use the standard font and have the following characteristics:
• characters should be 64 millimetres in height
• have a width of 44 millimetres, except for the character representing the number '1' and letter 'I', which must have a width of 10 millimetres
• have a stroke width of 10 millimetres
• be separated by 10 millimetres from any other characters within a group, groups of characters in the registration mark must be separated from one another by a space of 5 millimetres vertically
• the width of the margin between the top or lateral edges of the registration plate and any part of a character used to display a registration mark on it must be at least 5 millimetres
• the width of the margin between the bottom edge of the registration plate and any part of a character used to display a registration mark on it must be at least 13 millimetres
The trailer registration plate must have solid black characters on a white background. No material, other than a registration mark, may be displayed on a registration plate except for information that identifies the manufacturer of the registration plate.

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What is the trailer registration scheme and why has it been introduced?
Trailer registration scheme is a DVLA service for certain UK trailers used internationally. It is being introduced as part of the UK’s ratification of the 1968 Vienna Convention and to address the issues already faced by customers using UK trailers abroad.

Will every trailer in the UK be registered?
No, registration will be mandatory for all commercial use trailers travelling internationally that weigh over 750kg in gross weight. Registration is also mandatory for non-commercial use trailers that travel internationally and weigh over 3,500kg in gross weight.

How should the trailer registration plate be displayed?
The trailer registration plate must be fixed to the rear of the trailer in a position that is as far as reasonably practicable from the position of the towing vehicle registration plate. If it is not possible to fix a registration plate on the rear of the trailer, a registration plate must be fixed to both sides of the trailer and in such positions that in normal daylight the characters of the registration mark are easily distinguishable from either side of the trailer.

What documentation do I check?
As with vehicle registration plates customers will need to provide a document to confirm their identity and a document proving their entitlement to use the registration number. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the INF136. For trailer registration plates, customers should be able be able to provide the ‘UK trailer registration certificate’ (VTRC) or a ‘Trailer number plate authorisation certificate’ (eV948/2).

Further information on the Trailer Registration Scheme can be found at http://www.gov.uk/euexitdriving.


From 28 March 2019, you must register commercial trailers over 750kg and all trailers over 3,500kg before they can travel through countries that have ratified the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.

This includes these countries in the EU, EEA and Europe:

Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan
Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Italy
Kazakhstan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Macedonia Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands
Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia
San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden
Switzerland Ukraine
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Old 9 Jan 2019, 15:34 (Ref:3874972)   #2
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Alan it's even more complicated in Spain, if you have a vehicle fitted with a tow bar it must be an approved part by the vehicle manufacturers otherwise it won't pass the ITV (MOT). Ok so you could remove it for the test but the police will do anything to fine people (especially foreigners) if it is registered on Spanish plates !!!
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Old 9 Jan 2019, 15:46 (Ref:3874974)   #3
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Nothing on the .gov website to tell you how to register a trailer, no doubt there will be a mad scramble to register trailers along with everything else new and the civil servants unable to cope.
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Nothing on the .gov website to tell you how to register a trailer, no doubt there will be a mad scramble to register trailers along with everything else new and the civil servants unable to cope.
Exactly ! Back in the early 70s I was involved in fitting side windows and rear seat conversions in small vans. According to the powers that be you should have paid a tax to the government just for the privilege, however after writing and phoning several times we were moved from pillar to post as no one knew anything about it, so we didn't bother !
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Old 9 Jan 2019, 16:24 (Ref:3874986)   #5
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Dont you think its a kind of "harmonisation" of the rules with european ones? I'm not joking, but from Alan's text, I find many ressemblance with what we have here. We recently had several changes about the weights, trailer and towing car and even the licence, now a medical certificate is no more mandatory as was.

Still if you want to convert any car for commercial use, you'll have to pay a recognized company to remove and destroy the rear seats…
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Old 9 Jan 2019, 17:01 (Ref:3874999)   #6
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I think I will be all-right as my Brian James Sprint Shuttle plus racing car and spare wheels comes in at just over 3,000kg gross and is non commercial.
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I think I will be all-right as my Brian James Sprint Shuttle plus racing car and spare wheels comes in at just over 3,000kg gross and is non commercial.
Surely the rule will be applied on the maximum gross weight on the trailer chassis plate (i.e. what you could carry not what you are actually carrying).
Although should we leave the EU on March 29th, as the majority want, then I guess it deserves to be kicked into the long grass and ignored.
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Old 9 Jan 2019, 18:39 (Ref:3875019)   #8
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Thanks Alan for posting the press release. As Tim says there is nowt on the website enabling you to actually register......

My RS2 Shuttle is small enough to be exempt, and rarely goes out of the country anyway. The big truck will need the trailer registering though, when the DVLA get round to telling us how to do it!

Yes, my take is that it is the weight on your trailer plate that matters, not the actual weight in individual circumstances.

It is some sort of harmonisation, but seems Spain has opted out so the registration isn’t needed there! That’s lucky as my first truck trip is to there and I should avoid France- if Britney get round to allocating some freight space on their ferries.....

Edit- I’ve registered with DVLA for Trailer Registration updates, so we’ll see what happens!

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Old 10 Jan 2019, 06:28 (Ref:3875125)   #9
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Having just looked on a couple of trailer manufacturers websites, looks like even the largest tri-axle shuttle is only 3500kg gvw rating.

So chances of a private race trailer requiring registration are small. Virtually all being used commercially will need registering.....
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Having just looked on a couple of trailer manufacturers websites, looks like even the largest tri-axle shuttle is only 3500kg gvw rating.
There's a good reason to this. You can tow anything up to 3500 gvw with a standard car licence plus a special exam for the trailer, turning your licence B to BE. Rather easy to obtain. Not easy to keep intact!

For any trailer above 3500 you must have a C1E licence, allowing to drive any "ensemble" up to 12 000 kilos. Almost a matter of pro.

https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affic...egorieLien=cid
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Having just looked on a couple of trailer manufacturers websites, looks like even the largest tri-axle shuttle is only 3500kg gvw rating.

So chances of a private race trailer requiring registration are small. Virtually all being used commercially will need registering.....
You won't find much if anything over 3500KG gross as it goes into the realms of air or electric brakes and as Grerard says C1E licence although it's different here in the UK if you took your test before 1997
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You won't find much if anything over 3500KG gross as it goes into the realms of air or electric brakes and as Grerard says C1E licence although it's different here in the UK if you took your test before 1997
Yes, I figured that after looking at my and neighbour’s shuttles. There is a plate declaring 3500kg max separate to the specific trailer plate.... I think our licence requirement is now in line with Europe, unless, as you say, you’re old enough to have taken your driving test before ‘97?

Anyway, no news from DVLA yet as to how I register my trailer....
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Anyway, no news from DVLA yet as to how I register my trailer....
I can do it for you Mike, send 10,000 of your GB pounds to my cousin, Prince Kwame, in Ghana and it'll be sorted soon
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I can do it for you Mike, send 10,000 of your GB pounds to my cousin, Prince Kwame, in Ghana and it'll be sorted soon
For that price I expect to have a personal plate.....
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I was wondering if you register a trailer with its own number and put the plate on it and use it in the UK instead of the tow vehicle plate how the BiB will favour it.
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