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Whether you use a trailer for private or work related use, all trailers on Irish roads must be compliant with road traffic regulations.
When towing a trailer, it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that both the towing vehicle and trailer are safe and legally complaint with all current road traffic legislation.
Your towing vehicle must be taxed, insured and have passed its roadworthiness test, either the NCT or CVRT.
Drivers towing trailers are legally responsible for learning how to couple and uncouple a trailer safely.
Trailer loads must be securely tied down and evenly distributed to ensure that your vehicle is stable. Loads should be positioned in a way that keeps the nose weight down. Always follow the guidelines set out by the trailers manufacturer.
Keep in mind that your vehicle will handle differently when towing a trailer. This means that extra care is needed when driving on the road. You will need to increase your stopping distance and drive more defensively.
You should keep a record of your vehicle identification number which is usually found on the trailers chassis. It is also recommended that you photograph your trailer and put your own unique marking on it to differentiate it from others in case of theft.
You will need to pass a practical driving test if you wish to tow trailers with a mass exceeding 750kg. You will need to pass a theory test before you can apply for a category BE learner permit. Once you have a learners permit, you will get plenty of training with an RSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) who provides you with category BE training. Your ADI will assess your knowledge and skill.