Twin Axle trailer

The Question

I have been told to email you by VOSA regarding a question I have about towing a trailer. I have a small ********* company that deals mainly with **************. About 20-30 times per year we need to move a stage to some of our ******* so that we can **********. We have a Nissan Navara 2007. If we were to put our staging in a twin axle trailer the trailer and the load would weigh 2500kg the question is do I need an Operator license for a set up like this? Thank you for you time and consideration. Please feel free to contact me on ******** with any questions or return mail to this address.

The DVSA's Answer

I refer to your e – mail of 22 January, concerning the above. Please accept my apologies for the considerable delay in replying.

Dual purpose vehicles

Under Schedule 3 (2) of the goods Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Regulations 1995 "a dual purpose vehicle and any trailer drawn by it" is identified as exempt from goods vehicle operator licensing.

“Dual purpose vehicle” is described in the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 as:-
“examples are Range Rovers, Land Rovers, Jeeps, certain Japanese vehicles and those designed to go over rough ground as well as on roads, not being track laying vehicles.

Therefore, on the basis of the information you have supplied (and under current legislation), no operators licence will be required.

I should point out that this is in VOSA’s view and does not constitute legal opinion.
I hope that the information given above has been of some help. If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to contact me. Once again, please accept my apologies for the delay in sending a full reply.

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