SIDE-STEP THE LEGISLATION
Though this magazine has run numerous features about unbraked trailers and trailer legislation over the years, we continue receive letters from readers (regularly) seeking clarification about the subject.
It’s hard to escape the conclusion that – for owners of boats riding on an unbraked trailer – the legislation is as clear as mud. Finding clarity about the relationship between a vehicle’s towing capacity, the load limit of its tow bar and the weight of the boat/ trailer isn’t easy.
And to complicate the matter even further, will your insurance come to the party should the unthinkable happen? Was your rig ‘legal’ at the time of the accident?
To echo the thoughts of many in our marine industry, is it not time for us to follow Australia’s example and introduce legislation that demands compulsory braking equipment on all boat trailers? Or at least begin a discussion about it?
In the meantime, though, you might elect to side-step the uncertainty and voluntarily retrofit a set of brakes to your trailer.