SIDE-STEP THE LEG­IS­LA­TION

Boating NZ - - Feature -

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.

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