From Thursday March 28, UK trailers will need to be registered for international journeys.
UK operators using a trailer abroad after March 28, will need to register through DVLAs ‘Register your trailer to take it abroad’ service.
The trailer registration scheme comes into force as a result of the UK ratifying the UN 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. Trailers in the mandatory categories must be registered when used internationally in countries that have ratified the convention.
Registration is mandatory
Registration is mandatory for all UK commercial use trailers travelling internationally with a gross weight of over 750kg.
Registration is also mandatory for non-commercial use trailers that travel internationally and have a gross weight over 3,500kg.
Non-commercial trailers that weigh less than 3,500kg can be registered voluntarily but there is no legal requirement.
Once a trailer is registered through the new service, the DVLA will issue a secure trailer registration certificate by post and send email confirmation which includes authorisation to get a number plate made up for the trailer.
The number plate must be displayed on the trailer and the registration certificate must be available to present to a foreign authority upon request.
If you have a trailer that needs to be registered, make sure you register in time.
Insurance Green Cards for Trailers
Irrespective of registration, some EU and EEA countries may also require a separate Green Card as proof of insurance for your trailer.
Operators travelling with a trailer, will need to contact their insurance provider to get two Green Cards; one for the towing vehicle, and one for the trailer.
This does not mean that operators will need to purchase separate insurance.