New caravan rules: Yearly tests could cost owners almost £100

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The Department for Transport’s Trailer Safety Report is looking into the feasibility of introducing annual testing for light O2 trailers between 750kg and 3,000kg. The report is also looking into launching a new registration scheme for all owners of light trailers to cut crime.

However, analysis suggests drivers could face fees of £93 from Year one and £49 every year thereafter if the proposals are given the green light

First-year costs would be due to an online registration charge and securing a trailer number plate which would cost £44.

The annual roadworthiness test would then set drivers back an extra £49 which would need to be conducted every year.

The DfT claims the changes could affect as many as 1.4million trailer users.

According to these figures, the yearly trailer check could generate £68.1million in revenues alone.

First-year fees will also raise a healthy amount of revenue with the DfT suggesting this could be as much as £129.3million.

The report said: “In the first year, all existing O2 trailers must be registered online and display a number plate.

“This is a total cost of £44 per trailer (£28 registration + £16 number plate) totalling around £61 million for all trailers.

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“In the second year onwards, only new O2 trailers entering the market will need to be registered and display a number plate. This is a total cost of around £6 million per year.

“Roadworthiness testing for O2 trailers will be required annually at a registered test centre. The average fee owners can expect to pay is £49 per trailer.

“Assuming that the number of trailers remains constant each year, the total cost of roadworthiness testing is around £68 million per year.

“In the first year, the total cost of registration and roadworthiness testing is around £129 million. From the second year onwards, annual costs will total around £74.

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