The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)(Amendment)(No. 2) Regulations 2010

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2010/964

2010 No. 964

Road Traffic

The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)(Amendment)(No. 2) Regulations 2010

Made 23th March 2010

Laid before Parliament 26th March 2010

Coming into force 20th April 2010

The Secretary of State makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 41(1), (2) and (5) of the Road Traffic Act 19881.

Representative organisations have been consulted in accordance with section 195(2) of that Act.

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use)(Amendment)(No. 2) Regulations 2010 and shall come into force on 20th April 2010.

S-2 Maximum width of trailers

Maximum width of trailers

2.—(1) The table in Regulation 8(1) of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 19862is amended as follows.

(2) For the words in column 2 of item 4 substitute “A trailer drawn by a motor vehicle other than a motor cycle.”.

(3) Omit items 5, 6 and 7.

Paul Clark

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

23rd March 2010

Department for Transport


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Regulation 8 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 specifies the maximum permitted widths of road vehicles. It is an offence to tow a trailer which exceeds the relevant width. A maximum width of 2.3 metres is (with certain exceptions) specified in the case of a trailer drawn by a motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight of 3500 kg or less.

These Regulations amend the 1986 Regulations so that a maximum width of 2.55 metres applies to all types of trailer except for a trailer drawn by a motor cycle. 2.55 metres is the width referred to in section of Annex I of Directive 97/27/ECof the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 July 1997 relating to the masses and dimensions of certain categories of motor vehicles and their trailers (OJ L 233, 25.8.1997, p.1).

The Department for Transport has produced an Explanatory Memorandum and an Impact Assessment, showing the effect this instrument will have on the costs of business and public sectors. These documents are available from the Transport Technology and Standards Division, Department for Transport, Zone 2/04a, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DR or may be accessed via the Office of Public Sector Information website at A copy has been placed in the library of...

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