International Driving Licence feedback 28/11/19 in Caravan Holidays Abroad Posted December 5, 2019 39 minutes ago, PandR said: This is what they state on the website. Q: I have heard that these systems are illegal abroad: Is this the case? A: The system has been designed in such a way that it meets all the requirements of the UK department of Transport. i.e. If brakes are fitted to a trailer (tow-car) then they must work irrespective of the weight of the vehicle. The overall braking efficiency must be proven to be over 50% of the train (motorhome + tow-car), whilst this is impossible to prove using a sliding hitch. Our system has been to the Millbrook proving grounds (the DVLA government approved testing ground for all things automotive) and because the brakes are applied electronically this has been tested to be above the legal minimum. The trailer (tow-car)must be able to be reversed without the operator moving from the driving seat of the towing vehicle. The unique A-frame design allows the vehicle to be reversed. All rear lights must work from the motorhome controls excluding reversing lights. All of our vehicles are wired to comply. You must have a fully wired 13 pin socket on your Motorhome. A break-away system must be fitted to apply the brakes in the event of an emergency. All of our vehicles have an electronic break-away system fitted that applies all 4 brakes in the event of an emergancy. With this approval of the UK D.o.T. under the Vienna convention on Transport 1958 any vehicle registered in the UK is allowed free passage in all EU states for up to 6 Months in any one period. The only exception to this being Spain which never ratified the agreement. I didn't realise trailers had a vin number. My little Erde doesn't. Even if the A-frame/car combination meets all braking and lighting requirements, it still doesn't mean that it is type approved as a complete unit. It only fulfils certain conditions that have to be met before type approval can be assigned. A type approved trailer must have its own VIN and it must display the type approval number for the finished trailer. As A-frame/car combinations don't fulfil that requirement they cannot be classed as a trailer even if they meet all Construction and Use regulations, hence they are illegal on the Continent, even though some countries close a blind eye to them. However, that is solely at the discretion of the powers-that-be. One cannot claim any right to tow using an A-frame. If your little trailer doesn't have a VIN then it must have been manufactured before 2014 when whole vehicle type approval was first implemented. After that it must display a statutory plate showing the VIN, the type approval number, the name of the manufacturer and weight details.