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02-05-2020, 15:02   #1
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Trailer EU plating

Hi There,

I have a double axle trailer built by a small engineering firm as a one off so it’s not EU plated.

I bought it second hand some time ago but it’s fine and every thing works perfectly, in accordance with all lighting requirements etc.

Does the trailer need to be EU plated or is this for newly manufactured trailers only?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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02-05-2020, 15:07   #2
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It’s a bit of a grey area I think. As long as you aren’t selling it, I think you’re ok.
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02-05-2020, 15:36   #3
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Thanks Colm.

It’s a very grey area alright, insurance is that bit I’m trying to figure out. If I’m towing with it and involved in an accident, am I insured even though it’s not an EU plated trailer... my limited research isn’t really giving any definitive answers !
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Hi There,

I have a double axle trailer built by a small engineering firm as a one off so it’s not EU plated.

I bought it second hand some time ago but it’s fine and every thing works perfectly, in accordance with all lighting requirements etc.

Does the trailer need to be EU plated or is this for newly manufactured trailers only?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
The cvrt place I use will inspect and plate trailers but I don't know what they charge.
I have twin axle trailer like you (over enginered if anything almost a tonne empty) and asked them a few years ago . They said that no matter how sure I was about its roadworthyness they would find something .
I never bothered about it since and have been pulled by the guards a few times with it and they were happy enough.
I'm insured to tow up to 3.5 tonne , I think the trailer or what's in it is not covered but any damage or injury to a third party is and I have never been asked what make trailer I have.
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02-05-2020, 22:10   #5
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The E.U approval plating only applies to selling of newly built trailers. After 2013 new trailers had to be type approved. However, there's no way to prove how old a certain trailer is without a plate. So it's not illegal to use a non plated trailer.
I do think there should be a basic roadworthiness standard for trailers, especially those with 2 or more axles. I'm talking lights, hitch, tyres and bearings. But the usual accusations on 'money making racket' would be thrown around.
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05-05-2020, 11:26   #6
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Thanks a million.

Some form of testing would be great, doesn’t matter what trailer you have then. Once you’re complying with some set of rules and the trailer meets the set criteria, then happy days.
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