With effect of 28th march 2019 all trailers that are travelling abroad will need to be registered through the DVLA’s new online services. To do so, simply click here.
Please be aware, the scheme will come into force whatever the outcome of the UK’s exit from the EU.
The EU has confirmed that an ECMT permit (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) will not be required for most journeys to Europe however you will need to be making sure you register your trailers before travelling.
Registration will be mandatory for all trailers with commercial use travelling internationally with a gross weight of over 750KG. Registration will also be mandatory for Non-commercial trailers weighing over 3500KG. Trailers which are not used for commercial use which weight 3500KG or less can be registered voluntarily, however it is not necessary at there is no legal requirement to do so.
This scheme is a result of the UK Ratifying to the UN 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. Which you can find out more about by clicking here.
Once trailers are registered the DVLA will issue a trailer registration certificate. This will also include authorisation to get a number plate made for the trailer. The number plate must be displayed on the trailer and certificate available to show any foreign authority if requested.
Abnormal Load trailers will need to apply for a keepers certificate for an abnormal load trailer if leaving the UK. Also a certificate must be in your vehicle at all times. To apply please visit their website by clicking here.
Insurance green cards for trailers
Irrespective of being registered on the schemes, some EU and EEA countries may also request a separate green card as proof of insurance for your trailers. If going abroad with a trailer please contact your insurer and request the relevant green cards. This will not mean sorting separate insurance cover.
Here at Coversure we specialise in fleet, truck and special vehicle insurance so for any further queries in regards to the matter please do not hesitate to get in touch as it may be you need to get the relevant insurance before your travels. Please contact us on 0115 930 3030 or find our full contact details by clicking here.