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Paul Dodd

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  1. Just in case someone fancies Beef instead of Turkey for Christmas.
  2. Setting aside whether there are allowances made for historic or Ex military vehicles, the current regulations regarding Lateral and Rear Underun protection are there for a purpose. That is to afford some protection to "unprotected Road Users" such as Cyclists and Pedestrians. With regard to Lateral protection, this is especially useful if you do not have the modern standards of Indirect Vision devices as it affords protection against anyone inadvertently falling beneath the rear wheels. I am sure you would agree that having to defend your self in this situation would be somewhat mo
  3. The Regulation is the Road Vehicles Construction and Use regulation 1986 otherwise known as SI1078/1986 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1986/1078/made You should however be aware that there are many amendments to what is the base legislation and these each have separate issue dates for each of the years in which they were issued. There are hundreds, and very little attempt to consolidate them into one document. So the legislation becomes very easy to cherry pick and read what you want to see. You also have to consider that because of the age of the vehicle you may be able t
  4. Type approval as it is drafted under 2007/46/EC should only be applied to the manufacturers of new vehicles. A manufacturer can be the primary builder or anyone who adds to or modifies that originally approved vehicle. EG Volvo may build an 8 wheel flat bed, and they would gain approval for it as an incomplete vehicle, but a secondary manufacturer adding a HIAB would need to gain their own approval before a Certificate of Conformity can be issued to allow that completed vehicle to be registered. Clause 14 shows that: The main objective of the legislation on the approval of veh
  5. I don't know if this has been discussed elsewhere but it may be something you guys need to discuss and/or get involved with. All to often in my line of work I hear the cry "we didn't know about this" or "nobody involved us" , and as they say forewarned is forearmed. https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/do-you-think-classic-vehicles-should-be-exempt-from-annual-test/
  6. C and U regs have been around in one form or another for alot longer. However then as now Military vehicles and those used primarily for use on airports or for specific tasks have always been granted derogations and exemptions.
  7. Tony thanks for your reply it helps me alot, if only to expose a grey area between the licensing requirements for a new type of vehicle and the interpretations of the traffic commissoners. Thanks again.
  8. Only when in service. Now thats an interesting point Tony B. Totally off topic now but it is relevant to some research I have been doing for s client. Do you know the piece of legislation that defined this as it would be useful to me or is it just sn off the cuff remark. Bus lanes are defined and controlled by s couple of pieces of legislation. The local transport act and the traffic management act neither of which define when they can or cannot be used. They do say however they can be used by buses taxis cycles and motorcycles. The road traffic and vehicle excise acts define
  9. If you design build or import a new type of caravan for use in the EU it needs to be approved now. If its an existing design then it has to be approved by Oct 29th 2014. As it only affects new build it isnt retrospective. There is a difference between the statutory plates required to be fitted by a manufacturer and the ministry plates. There has been a requirement to fit an identification plate containing details of the manufacturer and the mass of a trailer etc since 1982. The ministry plates are only attached to vehicles that are for hire and reward, this is where the 1020 kg limit come
  10. Alot of US vehicles are capable of being equipped with continuous brakes but a majority utilise Electric or Electro hydraulic brakes. There isn't any reason for these not to be used in Europe other than the fact that they are triggered by an electrical signal either from the brake lights or from a decelerometer. The problem arises then with the overall reaction time. It is possible to tow more than one trailer in the EU providing the maximum train length isnt exceeded. Towing a vehicle on a dolly is not allowed except for recovery and there is some dispute with regard to towing on A F
  11. Providing we are only talking about vehicles that are driven on B licenses and have less than 8 seats then there shouldn't be a problem. You should however always refer to the manufacturers data for the tow vehicle as some have surprisingly low towing weights and/or allowable imposed loads on the axles. The total towable width is 2.55m and the loading length of the trailer is 7m (the drawbar length is not counted) As for mirrors the minimum requirement is for using the tow vehicles mirrors however if the width of the trailer or more likely any load on it reduces the rear / side v
  12. If I can help I will, my areas of expertise are Type approval, IVA and Licensing requirements, If you know of any specific "grey areas" let me know.
  13. Could you put it through an IVA? This would effectively give it a document that serves the same purpose as a CofC
  14. Just to pick up on an earlier point made, Fifth wheel trailers do need to have Type approval, however it isn't law for a fifth wheel caravan until next October (2014). There are currently problems with getting type approval for braking systems on these, as you are not allowed to have Over-run brakes, and I haven't yet seen an electric or electro hydraulic system from the US or anywhere else that actually has approval, although I am working on one at the moment. Some of these Fifth wheel caravans especially the larger US ones have an unladen weight approaching 3500 kg, when you add in the lade
  15. Ok, now this always gets contentious, so it is important to understand what all the various terms mean. (And to put the record straight I have heard of cases going both ways, so don't take as gospel what I say here will keep you out of court) Trailer and vehicle legislation refer to a number of terms some of which mean the same thing. For the Towing vehicle MRO or Mass in running order (sometime
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