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The Road Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 2009

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Conditions relating to trailers

Consent to supply of large trailers for use on a road

7.  (1)  A final supplier who intends to supply for use on a road a large trailer which is a relevant vehicle must first—

(a)notify the approval authority of that intention,

(b)furnish the approval authority with pertinent information about the trailer, and

(c)obtain the consent of the approval authority to the supply of the trailer for such use.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply if the trailer has previously been supplied by a final supplier for use on a road.

(3) The approval authority must give consent if—

(a)the principal conditions are satisfied, or

(b)when the alternative conditions apply, those conditions are satisfied.

(4) The principal conditions are that—

(a)an appropriate approval or certificate of conformity has effect with respect to the trailer,

(b)where the application for consent is in consequence of the importation of the trailer from a place outside the United Kingdom, any value added tax or customs duty charged on or arising from its removal into the United Kingdom has been paid or remitted (or the approval authority is satisfied that it will be paid or remitted), and

(c)there is otherwise no lawful reason (whether or not arising from a breach of these Regulations) for refusing to give consent.

(5) Part 3 of Schedule 3—

(a)states when the alternative conditions apply, and

(b)prescribes those conditions.

(6) Before giving consent the approval authority may—

(a)undertake an inspection of the trailer (or arrange for such an inspection to be undertaken), and

(b)carry out such tests on the trailer as the authority thinks fit (or arrange for such tests to be carried out).

(7) Where the Secretary of State refuses to give consent under this regulation, the refusal must be accompanied by notice of that fact.

(8) In this regulation, “appropriate approval or certificate of conformity” means—

(a)an EC certificate of conformity,

(b)a national small series certificate of conformity, or

(c)an individual approval certificate,

which is appropriate to the vehicle.

Records of large trailers

8.  The approval authority must keep a record of—

(a)every consent given under regulation 7(3), and

(b)the pertinent information about the large trailer in respect of which that consent is given,

for a period of not less than 10 years from the date of the consent.

Records of small trailers

9.  (1)  A final supplier who—

(a)has supplied for use on a road a small trailer which is a relevant vehicle, or

(b)puts such a trailer into service on a road for personal use (as the end-user),

must, as soon as reasonably possible after making that supply or putting the trailer into service, make a record of pertinent information about the trailer.

(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply if—

(a)the trailer has previously been used on a road, or

(b)it was manufactured more than 10 years before the date when it is first used on a road.

(3) The final supplier must keep, or ensure that there is kept, in a secure manner every record of pertinent information made under paragraph (1) for a period of not less than 10 years from the date on which that supplier supplies the trailer for use, or puts it into service, on a road.

Meaning of “pertinent information”

10.  (1)  In this Part, “pertinent information” means—

(a)the principal information, or

(b)when the alternative conditions apply, the alternative information.

(2) The principal information is—

(a)the name and address and (if any) the company registration number of the manufacturer,

(b)the manufacturer’s designation (make and model) of the trailer,

(c)the month and year when manufacture of the vehicle was completed,

(d)the vehicle identification (VIN) number,

(e)the number of—

(i)the type approval, or

(ii)the individual approval certificate,

(f)in the case of a large trailer, the date of any certificate of conformity issued in respect of the vehicle,

(g)in the case of a small trailer—

(i), a copy of any certificate of conformity issued in respect of the vehicle,

(ii)the date of supply, and

(iii)the name and address of the purchaser.

(3) For the purposes of this regulation—

(a)“the alternative conditions” are the conditions applied by virtue of Part 3 of Schedule 3, and

(b)the alternative information is specified in Part 3 of Schedule 3.

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