Truck

Lights and Towing

Introduction
The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 regarding exemptions to Obligatory lighting for vehicles Towing, vehicles being towed or broken down vehicles come under the following:

For a list of the main requirement exceptions for other motor vehicles and trailers, please see the Requirements page within this section.

Exemptions - Vehicles towing or being towed

Special Concessions for Towed Trailers

Type Exceptions
Rear Markings An agricultural vehicle, a works truck or engineering plant first used before 1 April 1986;
A vehicle first used before 1 January 1940;
A home forces vehicle or trailer;

A vehicle or trailer constructed or adapted for:
  • fire fighting or fire salvage;
  • servicing or controlling aircraft;
  • heating and dispensing tar or other material for the construction or maintenance of roads; or
  • transporting two or more vehicles or vehicle bodies or two or more boats.
A trailer manufactured before 1 August 1982 of unladen weight not exceeding 1,020kg;
A trailer of maximum gross weight not exceeding 3,500kg;
An agricultural vehicle, a works trailer or engineering plant;
A trailer drawn by a bus;
A trailer constructed or adapted for carrying asphalt or macadam, being mixing or drying plant, or heating and dispensing tar or other material for the construction or maintenance of roads.

Rear markings may be fitted optionally ONLY to exempt vehicles.

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