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Old 01-03-2009, 16:25
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What is the normal law these days in towing cars via Motorway?

We been looking around on these bid sites etc and we are just wondering what is the law these days if we were to pick up a car like a non-runner etc, is it legal to tow a car (possibly sorn) via the motorway or is the only option to have someone do it for you?

Obviously, I don't have the classification on my license due to only passing last year so it wouldn't be me anyways towing, but family and relatives would be ok.

I've known people in the pass to use a rope and a sign in the back window 'On Tow', but law keeps changing like the weather
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Old 01-03-2009, 16:34
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If you're talking about one vehicle towing another using a tow rope then you are only allowed to recover a broken down vehicle and must leave the motorway as soon as possible, i.e. at the next exit.

Anything other than that and you need a trailer and appropriate permissions on your license.
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Old 01-03-2009, 16:36
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And unroadworthy car should not be towed - it should be transported on a recovery truck.

I don't know about a roadworthy but untaxed car.
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Old 01-03-2009, 16:37
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I just reread your post and saw the SORN bit.

The only way to recover a SORN'd vehicle is on a trailer. If a vehicle is SORN'd then, in simplistic terms, none of it's wheels must touch the public highway.
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Old 01-03-2009, 16:50
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I just reread your post and saw the SORN bit.

The only way to recover a SORN'd vehicle is on a trailer. If a vehicle is SORN'd then, in simplistic terms, none of it's wheels must touch the public highway.
Thats what I thought.

The idea was to go o their house/property with a vehicle that has a tow bar fitted, and using one of those tow rods in-between the vehicles.

It wouldn't actally be on the motorway originally, but would be the route that we would need to take.


Just out of interest, do you know the prices for a person to transport it?
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Old 01-03-2009, 19:19
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Thats what I thought.

The idea was to go o their house/property with a vehicle that has a tow bar fitted, and using one of those tow rods in-between the vehicles.

It wouldn't actally be on the motorway originally, but would be the route that we would need to take.


Just out of interest, do you know the prices for a person to transport it?
Towing a vehicle under those circumstances, even if the vehicle is taxed is a no-no anyway. Using an A-frame is also no-go as you'd be contravening the towing regulations regarding braking requirements.

Cost of hiring someone to recover the vehicle? - that would depend on the distance involved but it's not cheap. You might be better off hiring a suitable trailer if you, or someone you know has a suitable towing vehicle and license. Last time I hired a trailer (admittedly about three years ago) it cost me 60 + VAT for the day.
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Old 01-03-2009, 19:20
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You cant tow on the motorway I dont think.
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Old 01-03-2009, 19:42
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Obviously, I don't have the classification on my license due to only passing last year so it wouldn't be me anyways towing, but family and relatives would be ok.

I've known people in the pass to use a rope and a sign in the back window 'On Tow', but law keeps changing like the weather
What classification? Is tht something new?

You obviously CAN tow on the motorway, -caravans, arctics, etc., but I don't think you can use a rope, I think it has to be rigid, an A bar or a suspended tow.



Just out of interest, do you know the prices for a person to transport it?
Depends on mileage and accessibility.
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Old 01-03-2009, 19:54
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caravans and trailers can be towed on the motorway. however one car towing another car via a rope is a no-no. the only exception is when the car has mechanical failure and then you can only tow it to the next available exit.

you could however hire a trailer, load the car onto a trailer and tow it on the motorway (as long as your licence allowed it).

Using a recovery co would be expensive, prob between 200 - 300 depending on distance
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Old 01-03-2009, 20:03
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What classification? Is tht something new?
A plain cat B (car) licence is to drive up to 3500kg :
- Which means you can drive a 3500kg vehicle with a 750kg trailer
or
- Drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight of 3500kg where the max. auth. mass of the trailer is not greater than the MAM of the towing vehicle.

So for example, you can tow a car with a plated weight of 1500kg behind a 2000kg car/van, but not the other way round.
Towing anything more than that behind a 3500kg vehicle requires a B+E licence.
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Old 01-03-2009, 20:15
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A plain cat B (car) licence is to drive up to 3500kg :
- Which means you can drive a 3500kg vehicle with a 750kg trailer
or
- Drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight of 3500kg where the max. auth. mass of the trailer is not greater than the MAM of the towing vehicle.

So for example, you can tow a car with a plated weight of 1500kg behind a 2000kg car/van, but not the other way round.
Towing anything more than that behind a 3500kg vehicle requires a B+E licence.
I can only drive up to 3.5 tonne vehicle.
If I want to tow something I need to take another test. Not sure how long its been like this but I think its from 2001 onwards.
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Old 01-03-2009, 20:23
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We been looking around on these bid sites etc and we are just wondering what is the law these days if we were to pick up a car like a non-runner etc, is it legal to tow a car (possibly sorn) via the motorway or is the only option to have someone do it for you?
If the car is SORN'd or otherwise unroadworthy it will need to be transported off the road - ie on a trailer or flatbed van/lorry.
Using a rope to tow is seriously unadvisable for anything other than emergencies anyway.
You could either look for a company to transport it for you or hire a trailer for somebody with the correct licence to tow. IIRC grandfather B+E entitlements are on pre-1997 car licences.

Hiring a trailer would most probably be cheaper assuming you have a vehicle to tow it with, make sure that it is within the maximum train weight of whatever vehicle you have with a tow bar.

To find a company/person to do it I think you would be best looking on Google or Yell etc as I would think all the big recovery type companies would be very expensive.
My brother does a similar service for motorbikes and I'm sure there are other small operators like him who do the same for cars with just a van or trailer. I think he is looking into getting a car trailer so he can also do cars once he does his B+E test, but right now he can't even tow any of his bike trailers on his new van until he gets the tacho calibrated!
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Old 01-03-2009, 20:25
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I can only drive up to 3.5 tonne vehicle.
If I want to tow something I need to take another test. Not sure how long its been like this but I think its from 2001 onwards.
You can tow a 750kg trailer on a 3500kg vehicle or tow a trailer on a vehicle with a combined weight of 3500kg if the trailer is no heavier than the car.

For anything more than that you need to do a B+E test.
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