New trailer regulations

New rules governing small trailers come into effect later this year.

From October 29, every trailer built in a single stage will need to comply with complex new Type Approval rules, warns the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This milestone is the latest in the programme of Europe-wide changes to Type Approval Regulations.

From the end of October, every trailer manufactured will need European Community Whole Vehicle or National Small Series Type Approval.

Without one of these approvals, new trailers will not be permitted to use the road.

Alternatively, the trailer can be subjected to an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.

To help trailer manufactures, bodybuilders, converters and vehicle manufactures to achieve the required Type Approval quickly and easily, SMMT has developed its SENTA Guide.

This online tool provides guidance to companies seeking Type Approval and uses a simple step-by-step system to produce Type Approval documentation.

The service is free to SMMT members and charges a one-off fee to non-members.

For more information on Type Approval and SMMT’s SENTA tool go to