Toad number plate

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  1. Bugsy

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    I gather that, when the 'toad' is attached to the RV, it needs to show the RV's registration number as it is classed as a trailer. What is the easiest way of doing this please?

    Obviously the number plate needs to be simple to fit and take off but when I rang various number plate suppliers, no-one seemed to be able to help. It seems a labourious task if we have to keep screwing and unscrewing number plates; there has to be a easier way to do it than that!

    Toni
     
  2. vwalan

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    try a couple of elastic bands fixing both number plates together. or a light board . its not too difficult ,or is it?
     
  3. scotjimland

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    Hi

    You can buy a couple of special spring clips that screw onto the RV's plate and clip over the toad plate .. not sure where to buy them, they came with my toad..

    Jim
     
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    Hi, I use special stainless steal spring loaded clips thet screw onto the toad.You can get them from any trailer dealer.Another and cheaper way is to use plastic bolts on the toad protruding through the toad number plate.Drill the RV plate to suit same and use plastic wing nuts to hold it on.Regards,Dave.
     
  5. 45eEver

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    Not only do you have to show the Tow car's plate on the towed car, you have to cover both towed car plates if you wish to be bulletproof I'm afraid Bugsy.
    Cops don't usually bother, but you might meet one with a hump on.

    Trailer Quick Release Number Plate Clips (R0416) on eBay, also Trailer Transporter Parts, Trailers Transporters, Commercial Vehicles, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 17-May-09 17:28:58 BST)

    You also have to use, or obscure the towed car's lights to be 100% bulletproof.
    Cops don't seem to bother, but insurance companies may if the guy who runs into you knows the ins and outs.
     
  6. scotjimland

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    Please can you tell us what regulations your quoting that state that the front number plate on the toad must be obscured and if using a trailer board the toad's lights must be obscured ?
     
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    Snap!!!!!!!!
     
  8. 45eEver

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    ScotJimland, I've known those rules ever since.
    If you ask an MOT man, he'll probably be able to quote chapter and verse on each subject.

    If you stop and think, they both make sense.

    If you have lights on a vehicle, they must work.
    A trailer is a vehicle or part of a vehicle, it's lights, if visible, must work.
    If you present a car with high and low level brake lights, but one of the rear brake lights doesn't work, you car should fail.

    It's probably easier to use your towed car lights anyway than faff about with a trailer board.
    All you need is a trailer socket on your towed car, and a double headed connecting cable.
    A trailer socket on the front of the towed car does the business.
    You get to use the front sidelights as marker lights that way.
    You will need to add trailer triangles to your towed car of course.

    A vehicle can't have more than one registration number displayed.
    Wouldn't it be nice to display say half a dozen number plates to confuse speed cameras.
    A trailer is a vehicle, or part of a vehicle.
    A trailer can't have more than one registration number displayed.

    As I said before, the info is for 'if you want to be bullet proof'.


    Here's a description of trailer lighting rules that will apply to a car attached by an A-frame from what the DfT tell me.

    Trailer Lighting Requirements

    Trailers must have on the back two red sidelights, two red stop lamps, an illuminated number plate and two triangular red reflectors plus amber indicators designed to flash between 60 and 120 times per minute. If they are more than 1.3m wide, they must also have at least one red fog lamp. All trailers built after Sept 30th 1990 require front reflectors. They must have front reflectors and, if they are more than 1.6 metres wide, front position lights.
    Requirements:

    • If, in the case of direction indicators, it is not possible to meet the maximum height requirements, this dimension can be increased to 2300mm.
    • If, in the case of the rear position (tail) lamps and stop lamps, it is not possible to meet the maximum height requirements, this dimension can be increased to 2100mm.
    • On trailers manufactured after 1 October 1985, the maximum height of the red triangular reflectors can be increased to 1200mm if necessary.
    • Trailers manufactured after 1 October 1985 require numberplates, illuminated by an 'E' or 'e' marked lamp. If a clear window in the rear position lamp is approved, this can be used instead of a separate numberplate lamp but must be fitted to the manufacturer's instructions with regard to distance from the numberplate.
    • At least one rear fog light is mandatory on trailers over 1.3 m wide. Two lamps are preferred but, if only one is fitted, it must be to the offside or on the centre line of the trailer.
    • No maximum distance from the outer edge of the trailer is stated for a fog lamp(s) but there must be a minimum distance of 100mm from the stop lamp.
    • The distance of the direction indicator from the side of the trailer may not exceed the actual distance of the rear lamp by more than 50mm.
    • Trailers manufactured after 1 October 1985 which are more than 1600mm wide, (except boat trailers) require front position lamps (clear lens).
    Certain trailers must have side position lights which show white to the front and red to the back. In addition, trailers over certain lengths must have amber side reflectors.
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  9. pappajohn

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    i use a couple of pieces of dressmakers elastic, far better:thumb:....laggy bands rot very quickly in sunlight and No plates aint cheap.:cry:
     
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    As an Mot tester/vehicle examiner and recovery operative
    as far as Im aware there is no obligation to obscure unused rear lighting or remove any other number plate fitted you have already quoted current trailer regs and nothing contained therein contradicts my beliefs
    What they do and as far as im aware always have said is you must have rear lights as dictated in the regs and display at the rear the towing vehicle registration number
    I think that is what Jim was alluding to in his comment
    Geo
     
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    i have those clips on my bike trailer.....waste of money.
    first time out going to newark and the plate came off.:Sad::cry:its somewhere between scarborough and newark:Angry:
    the only safe way is to drill the plate and secure with a length of chain or nylon cord so if it does depart it doesnt go altogether.
     
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    no.plates for toad

    hi barry,hope you are well and toni also.we have some spring clips fitted to the no.plate which clips over the no.plate on the toad.easy to fit and very cheap,only about £4.00.we got them from a local trailer co.see you soon regards brian & jo:thumb:
     
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    Thanks Geo

    I think that answers my question... :Wink:
     
  14. 45eEver

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    Could be Geo, could be.
    Your interpretation could be more accurate than mine, who knows?
    Interpretation of regulations is always tricky, until a judge rules.
    I've tried to work what I know about construction and use against what the DfT told me and what's in their sheet, in order to get something bullet proof.
    I have not suggested it's essential.

    I tend to work on the basis that if I know the regulations, I'm more likely to be suitably humble before the cop whose pulled me.
    And more likely get off.
    An approach that's been a Godsend to me so far.
    Doesn't every one work that way?

    When you recover a broken down vehicle, the deal is a bit different.
    It's a force majeur situation.
    And I bet you carry more flashing lights than Blackpool illuminations.
    And a chitty from the Police to allow you to do it.

    When a car's a trailer, it's the same rules as any normal trailer.

    I quoted trailer regs for further information rather than as a reply to Jim's question.
    I did not quote it in direct response to the questions he put to me.
    I replied that I couldn't quote the regulations.
    I put forward that if people stop and think, they are commonsense.

    I daresay the covered number plate will become essential as, when, and if the new generation of speed cameras that take pics front and rear come into use.
    Do you know if anyone has been picked up by a speed camera on the towed car's no plate rather than the trailer board plate?

    I was pulled the other day with one out of four brake lights not working.
    Would you pass my vehicle if I presented for an MOT with one out of 4 tail lights not working?
    I know that trailers aren't MOT'd in this country, but as far as I can ascertain, when they are attached, they are subject to the same regs that requires visible lights to work as the towing vehicle.
    Do you know of an exemption clause for trailer please?

    Do you know of an exemption for showing two different reg numbers on a trailer please?

    In the end, I suppose it's down to the Courts to inteprete.
    Although I think numbet plates are soon to be a fixed penalty jobbee aren't they?
    Do you know if lights are due to become fixed penalty offences please Geo.
     
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    2 bulldog clips work for me :thumb:
     
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    only obligatory lights needed for car or trailer. its a mith that if lights are fitted they must work. trailer boards could be illegal as theydont carry frt lights or front reflectors. :thumb:
     
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    as far as recovery you dont have or get any permission for recovery . we used a frames ,harveyfrost towboys , what ever you had lift axle artics make nice recovery trucks only need a chain on recovered vehicle lift rear axle on truck away we go. how far is a recovery ? dont know of any rules . might have to recover from anywhere. :thumb:
     
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    Geo, what's your take on front markers and front reflectors on cars while they are actually trailers please?

    VWAlan, I suggest you only argue your point that lights, within the context of what I wrote, don't have to work to traffic if you are traffic policeman.

    Incidentally, within the context of what I wrote, the lights on the towed car are obligatory lights, with the possible exception of the headlights.
    If you check your towed car, unless it's pretty old, it's side, brake, flasher, and fog lights carry the EU designation for an obligatory light.
    As far as my knowledge of the regs goes, you could use your towed car lights to replace the obligatory lights on a caravan if you wished to.
    If I'm wrong, would you, or someone else please point me to the reg?
     
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    the lights on a trailer replace the obligatory lights on a tow unit. i argue with police, courts and have won. i just use the rules. google chideock speeding . its probably the biggest mistake in british motoring history ,3.5 million pounds approx should be returned to the motorists. authority cant even make proper signs or get the regs. correct. took 2years but won in the end.:thumb:
     
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    Fixed bar required on motorways. Why bother with (toads) . Surely cheaper to buy a caravan and good tow car. P.C. seems to suit lots of peeps here until toads raise their warty heads.:restmycase:
     
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