Type Approved Trailers,
what you need to know about EC approval

Bingham Trailers Limited was among one of the first companies in the UK to type approve O2 trailers. We now have a range of type approved trailers from 8’, 10’, 12’ 14’ 16’ and 18’ feet twin axle trailers and are now completing the Type Approval for our 18’, 20’ and 22’ tri axle trailers.


Trailer construction, Use and Lighting Regulations - All trailers used on the road must comply with various regulations about their construction and use. These are primarily The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (as amended) and The Road Vehi­cles Lighting Regulations 1989 (as amended). For a trailer to be used on the UK highway it must be safe and well-engineered so that it is unlikely to fall apart or otherwise cause danger to other road users. In addition, from 29 October 2012 onwards, new trailers will need to be approved.

Type approval - Most trailers will need to be type approved to European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval (ECWV­TA) standards. ‘Type approval’ can be obtained from a number of European type approval bodies including the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA). The approval process involves an assessment of certain aspects of the trailer design, inspection of a prototype and assessment of the production facility. This must all take place before production of the trailers starts.A board trailer

Other trailers - For small trailers (under 3500kg gross weight) or not used to carry goods which are not subject to an annual test, it will be mandatory from October 2012 for the person retailing the trailer to the public to keep records of every trailer sold for 10 years, and these records must include details of the type approval Certificate of Conformity or Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) certificate which covers the trailer.

If you need to know more about Bingham's Type approved trailers or would just like more information about catering and exhibition trailers in general please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01949 861924 or email sales@binghamtrailers.net

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News & Projects

French Catering Trailer

July 2011
Type Approval Status extended!
Following on from our EC vehicle... - full story...

May 2010
Catering Shop Now Open.
Following on from our EC vehicle type-approval certification, our trailers are available... - full story...

June 2010
Gas Safe Certification can now be organized for you on site - read more...