If you’re taking your Fifth Wheel abroad, you will need to use the DVLA’s new trailer registration service. From 28 March 2019, registration is mandatory for all commercial use trailers travelling internationally with a gross weight of over 750kg. Registration is also mandatory for non-commercial use trailers that travel internationally and have a gross weight over 3,500kg.
Why is it needed?
You may wonder how the new service has come about. It’s to make sure that the requirements of the UN 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic are met, which the UK has ratified. This will come into force on 28 March 2019. The UK was already broadly aligned with the terms of the 1968 Convention, though a notable area of difference was that the DVLA had not introduced trailer registration.
Trailers in the mandatory categories have to be registered when being used internationally in countries that have ratified the convention.