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    Default Any traffic cops on here , or someone who uses a towing dolly ?

    As above , how do you stand (legally) using one of these .
    Obviously I know about the pre 97 licence issue , and the towing limit of the tow vehicle - But I'm reading alot of conflicting stories regarding these.
    I have a flatbed trailer at the moment , but it's not practical for me to keep it anymore as it's a nightmare to move on your own .
    I use it for moving my projects around , and the odd car for my mates etc.
    I am thinking of selling it and investing in one .
    I imagine the rear wheels on the road is where the problems will start , does the car become a trailer ?
    Or does it have to be mot'd and taxed etc?
    Any opinions / advice welcomed .
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    The law is very clear on this
    The vehicle being towed still has all wheels on the road, therefore still requires to be taxed
    However it does not require to have a MoT

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    The law is very clear on this
    The vehicle being towed still has all wheels on the road, therefore still requires to be taxed
    However it does not require to have a MoT
    It's not an A-frame mate , it's a front wheel lift dolly .

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    it only has two wheels on the road using a dolly so guess its ok to do so without tax as you are in effect trailering it .

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    This is the problem , I don't want to "guess" and part with a load of cash for something that won't do what I need it to - Legally .....

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    Your best bet would be to contact VOSA, no harm in calling for info.

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    The law states that a car with any axle clear of the ground will become a trailer so no tax, insurance or MOT is required. However, the maximum towed unbraked weight is 750kg so that rules out just about every car I've come across. Also, the above is a means of recovery and NOT transportation. So if you're transporting you need a flatbed. If you're merely recovering to a place of safety you need a dolly that is braked. The dolly also needs to have suspension, and the speed limits are 40mph on motorways and 20mph everywhere else. I can't remember anything else.
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    Cheers Gary - But it's getting greyer and greyer lol , there seems to be no black and white.
    How would you get the rear brakes to operate on the car ?
    How do the aa and rac get around using these ?
    It's surely just the same as using a spec lift on a tow truck ?? and they tow for miles , not just to a place of safety ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by poves View Post
    It's not an A-frame mate , it's a front wheel lift dolly .
    Refering to the description it reads like a rigid towing frame, so details based on that; replacing a trailer with a towing vehicle

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