Trailer Board Lights Legal or Illegal

KEITHN61 replied on 05/07/2019 12:25

Posted on 05/07/2019 12:25

Hi

I have an old caravan that we are about to sell  but are having one last trip in it in the near future , and found there is a fault with the lights ( no indicators , brakes etc) .Rather than go to the expense of having someone looking into this am I ok to drive the caravan with a trailer board  fixed to the back of the Caravan ( I have one from when I had a trailer , and works fine) , hence why I think its the caravan lights and not the car )

Thanks in advance

Keith

MollysMummy replied on 05/07/2019 19:28

Posted on 05/07/2019 12:25 by KEITHN61

Hi

I have an old caravan that we are about to sell  but are having one last trip in it in the near future , and found there is a fault with the lights ( no indicators , brakes etc) .Rather than go to the expense of having someone looking into this am I ok to drive the caravan with a trailer board  fixed to the back of the Caravan ( I have one from when I had a trailer , and works fine) , hence why I think its the caravan lights and not the car )

Thanks in advance

Keith

Posted on 05/07/2019 19:28

I had problems with the lighting on my 2003 Lunar a while back. In the end it was simply a bad connection in a plug/socket right at the back underneath & just required a squirt of switch cleaner and unplugging & plugging in a few times to clean the contacts.

KEITHN61 replied on 06/07/2019 06:21

Posted on 06/07/2019 06:21

Just to confirm I would never think about towing the van with NO LIGHTs  as that would be irresponsible  hence why I will be using the trailer board , I am jut ensuring it is legal to do this 

Thanks 

MollysMummy replied on 06/07/2019 09:01

Posted on 05/07/2019 19:25 by comeyras

I would normally not respond but OP has not said  that he would therefore use a trailer board.  He said that he would therefore drive in the day time and hope 'that Mr Policeman has had a good day' - could mean anything.  In my post I said either get lights fixed or use a trailer board!  If he is using a trailer board that's fine.

Posted on 06/07/2019 09:01

The day time reference was re front marker lights .....

Navigateur replied on 06/07/2019 13:31

Posted on 06/07/2019 13:31

 Just remembered that I got two free front marker lights when I bought a towing cover.  They are the same stick on LED lamps one can buy in the pound shop.  So that's sorted now as well for the OP.

 

 

Lutz replied on 06/07/2019 16:37

Posted on 06/07/2019 16:37

Note that for any lighting to be legal on a motor vehicle or trailer it must carry a type approval (E) mark.

MollysMummy replied on 06/07/2019 19:59

Posted on 06/07/2019 16:37 by Lutz

Note that for any lighting to be legal on a motor vehicle or trailer it must carry a type approval (E) mark.

Posted on 06/07/2019 19:59

But some/illegal lighting is better than NO lighting. And is a copper actually allowed to look for a type approval E mark?

davetommo replied on 07/07/2019 17:25

Posted on 05/07/2019 15:22 by Navigateur

The trailer board would be legal provided it displays the appropriate lights to replicate those required by law on the trailer.

So if your caravan requires by law a rear fog light, that would need to be included (foggy weather or not!), similarly reversing light. Front and side marker lights will be difficult though, should these be required.

As you refer to an "old caravan" you could be lucky if it has only simple rear lights. Otherwise it's down to what sort of day the traffic policeman has had so far.

Posted on 07/07/2019 17:25

I have to ask “what traffic policeman” 

lagerorwine replied on 07/07/2019 19:03

Posted on 07/07/2019 19:03

Wouldn't the trailer board need to be as wide as the caravan? Otherwise, the rear corners of the caravan aren't marked?

Yeah -'what traffic policemen' - but sods law says, they will be there when you don't want them.

davetommo replied on 08/07/2019 18:05

Posted on 07/07/2019 19:03 by lagerorwine

Wouldn't the trailer board need to be as wide as the caravan? Otherwise, the rear corners of the caravan aren't marked?

Yeah -'what traffic policemen' - but sods law says, they will be there when you don't want them.

Posted on 08/07/2019 18:05

They only turn up after an accident then they can close the road for as long as they can get away with it