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Thread: Can i legally tow on a motorway?!

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    Question Can i legally tow on a motorway?!

    HI,
    I am buying a vehicle that is upcountry from me. It is sorn and must be towed (the engine needs rebuilding), can i legally tow on a motorway?! must it be a tow rope or a bar?! can i use trade plates as the vehicle is sorn?! can i tow it at all?!
    Any legal advice is sooo needed!!!
    Thanks Helen x

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitshoot88 View Post
    HI,
    I am buying a vehicle that is upcountry from me. It is sorn and must be towed (the engine needs rebuilding), can i legally tow on a motorway?! must it be a tow rope or a bar?! can i use trade plates as the vehicle is sorn?! can i tow it at all?!
    Any legal advice is sooo needed!!!
    Thanks Helen x
    Can You tow it... NO! The reason why is because you can only tow a vehicle which has broken-down... NOT because it's dismantled or previously broken down. Regarding trade plates:- they are only a transferrable tax disc used by traders and do not cover unroadworthy vehicles.
    Hint: My father is an ex high-ranking police officer, and his saying with regards to trade plates... "Red-on-white....STOP on sight".
    Your safest bet is to have the vehicle transported (NOT recovered as this requires a tow truck with a special O licence) to your destination with all 4 wheels suspended. No breakdown service will do this for you as they do not have an O license. And they will not tow an untaxed vehicle for the same reason. please see current thread "No recovery due to no tax".
    I hope this helps. LS

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    thanks!! So there is kind of no way i can get the van back down here??

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    Quote Originally Posted by fruitshoot88 View Post
    thanks!! So there is kind of no way i can get the van back down here??
    AS Lonestranger says transported on the back of a truck is the only way.

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    brilliant thanks!! i don't suppose anyone knows of a good reputable transporting company?! equally not too expensive is possible!
    Thanks x

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    Subject to having a suitable towing vehicle, you could hire a car-transporting trailer.

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    there again does your licence allow you to tow??

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    Quote Originally Posted by davesdad View Post
    there again does your licence allow you to tow??
    This is important, of course, but I had assumed he is already aware of what his licence permits.

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    I used this chap - excellent he was too....

    http://www.paulridley.co.uk

    ... worth a try I'm sure.

    Jim

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    Have a quick nosey through the yellow pages too.. im sure a man and a van will be easy to come by ! :-)

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