So, you’re thinking of investing in a towbar for your vehicle? Luckily there are reliable towbar suppliers in Bristol to ensure that you find the right equipment for your car but before you make your purchase, there is some essential information that you should know about using a towbar. Here, we shall inform you on everything you need to know about towbars.
Leal requirements in the UK
A-frames are a reliable and easy to use towbar available from towbar suppliers in Bristol. Towcar A-frames are legal to use in the UK, as the UK department for transport recognise a towcar on an A-frame as a trailer. Therefore, the same rules apply to a towcar as they do to a trailer, which means that your towcar must comply with the European trailer legislation for it to be legal for use. If your A-frame setup meets the current European trailer legislation, then you are legal to tow your car in the UK.
The current legislation includes:
UNECE Regulation 13 breaches to be aware of:
Key points of current legislation for trailers (and towbars):
Generally, the two most important requirements are that you must achieve a minimum of 50% braking efficiency across all four wheels and if the trailer has power/vacuum- assisted brakes then the system must be operable.
Legal requirements abroad
In Europe, there are certain countries such as Germany and Spain that do not allow the towing of motor vehicles unless you are driving an authorised break down vehicle. However, as a holidaymaker who is staying less than six months in a European country you are legal to tow your car as long as your A-frame complies with the required trailer legislation to be legal in UK.
Tow bar suppliers in Bristol
Are you looking for a towbar in Bristol? Here at LNB Towbars, we supply specialist motorhome towbars and towcar a-frame services. We supply the towmaster A-frame, designed for strength, longevity and ease of use. If you are searching for towbar suppliers or towbar fitters in Bristol where you can get more information or make a purchase, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.