Thursday 28 March 2019
Driver and Vehicle Licensing wish to remind the public of a change to the requirements for driving trailers abroad that will come into force when the UN Convention on Road Traffic 1968 ("the Vienna Convention") is formally ratified on 29th March 2019.
From tomorrow the following types of trailer must be registered if towed in Europe and beyond (excluding the UK and Jersey):
- A 'commercial use' trailer with a maximum gross weight exceeding 750 kg; and
- Any trailer with a maximum gross weight exceeding 3,500 kg.
A 'non-commercial' trailer (such as a horse box or caravan) with a maximum gross weight between 750 kg and 3,500 kg can also be voluntarily registered for journeys to / through Europe. This option will provide peace of mind for people who want to hold official documents when towing abroad but this is not a mandatory requirement.
All registered trailers will be issued with a Vehicle Registration Certificate which should be carried when the trailer is being towed abroad. It will also be necessary to display a unique registration number prefixed with a "T" on all registered trailers.
Trailer registrations will be issued from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Office at Bulwer Avenue. The application form can be downloaded at -
For more detailed advice on trailer registration requirements please refer to the following Public Advice Note which is available online here -