A 4×4 which was towing a tractor secured to a trailer was stopped by members of An Garda Síochána – and subsequently seized, with court proceedings to follow.
The vehicle was stopped on the M1 motorway by members of An Garda Síochána’s Dundalk Roads Policing Unit (RPU) earlier this week.
Taking to social media yesterday (Tuesday, April 27), local Gardaí said:
“Dundalk RPU observed this jeep and trailer on the M1.
“The total weight was 7t which exceeded what the jeep could safely tow. Driver also did not have correct category of license to tow such large weights.
“Vehicles seized and proceedings to follow,” the tweet concluded.
It is illegal to exceed the stated towing capacity, which is the maximum weight the vehicle can draw.
Regarding the licence needed, a standard “B” car driving licence is sufficient to tow a trailer whose DGVW is no more than 750kg or, should the trailer’s DGVW be more than 750kg, if the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer does not exceed 3,500kg.
Meanwhile, a “BE” licences is sufficient to tow a trailer whose DGVW is no more than 3,500kg or, should the trailer’s DGVW be above this, if the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer does not exceed 7,000kg.