Vehicle in International Traffic

The vehicle on tow is for our personal use when the Motorhome is parked on a camp site. It will be taken back to the United Kingdom when we have completed our holiday.

This combination of vehicles:

  • Are owned by a natural or legal person normally resident in the United Kingdom;
  • They are registered in the United Kingdom; and
  • They are temporarily imported into another EU State as “vehicles in international traffic” within the meaning of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic 8th November 1968.

May we respectfully advise you of the regulations when towing a car/trailer behind a motorhome in the United Kingdom.  When an “A” frame is attached to a vehicle (e.g. a motor car) and towed by a motor vehicle (e.g. motorhome) the “A” frame and car become a single unit and as such are classified in legislation as a trailer.

This trailer braking system has power assistance (i.e. servo or full power). To prevent this trailer being used illegally a remote vacuum braking pump, powered from the tow vehicle, is installed to recharge the braking servo reservoir. This dual sensing electronic vacuum braking system also allows the trailer to be reversed by the towing vehicle without imposing a sustained drag and the devices used for this purpose engage and disengage automatically.

May we ask you to note the “trailer” is carrying the registration number of the towing vehicle, the distinguishing sign of the State of registration of the towing vehicle and also red reflective triangles.

As a consequence the car/trailer meets the UK technical requirements for trailers when used on the road. Category O2: Trailers with a maximum mass exceeding 0.75 tonnes but not exceeding 3.5 tonnes.

These requirements are contained within the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986/1078) as amended (C&U) and the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 (SI 1989/1796) as amended (RVLR) as implemented by European Community Directive 71/320/EEC, along with its various amending Directives, and UNECE Regulation No.13.09.

TowAFrame Ltd.
Registered UK- 08230851