SMMT Towing & The Law – Sixth Edition Published

Today, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched the sixth edition of its popular Towing and the Law Guide that helps businesses and individuals to stay on the right side of the law when towing anything weighing up to 3.5 tonnes.

Available since the late 1950s, the regularly updated publication has sold more than 300,000 copies in the last 10 years alone, catering for those towing anything from a trailer or caravan to a horse box or boat.

“SMMT’s Towing and the Law publication has a proven track record of success with hundreds of thousands of people using it to stay legal in their business and leisure towing activities,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The SMMT website offers a host of facts, figures, advice and guidance on topics ranging from towing to electric vehicles, providing detailed industry knowledge to motorists and businesses across the UK.”

The booklet includes a new, easy to follow guide to ensure drivers hold the correct licences and a revised presentation of the information about tachograph use. In addition to these updated sections, the new 36-page booklet covers crucial ‘need to know’ subjects from towing in Europe and the various types of coupling, to essential safety points such as the use of breakaway cables and correct tyre pressures.

Only available in hard copy, the sixth edition costs just £6.00 plus postage and packing (£3.50 for SMMT members).

This guide is suitable for anyone who needs to tow – whether it’s for leisure or professional purposes. It is probably the definitive guide to the subject and is well worth its purchase price.

To order a copy of the latest SMMT Towing and the Law Guide, go to

For a beginner’s guide to towing, check out our towing guides: Driving With A Trailer and Can I Tow A Trailer With My Car?, which includes an introduction to driver licence requirements for towing.

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