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as said, I'm not too sure on the whole mot/tax/insurance side of things,

 

all i do know is that towing of any kind is only to be done in emergencies ro recover to a safe place etc.......

 

however its such a grey area that i've towed with a frame before, towed with a bar before, for miles and miles and never been stopped etc...... do a search on google, loads of info.

 

you'll find things like:

info on trailers being braked,

licences,

weight limits,

appropriate towing vehicles etc....

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If all 4 wheels are on the ground then the car needs to be fully road worthy IE an aframe or tow rope/bar

If you are pigtailing it on a dolly or speclift then im sure its fine as its then classed as a trailer

 

If you plan getting a beavertail or transporter trailer then in you have passed your test after 1997 then the weight of towing veichle with trailer and load combined cannot exceed over 3.5 tonnes

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It's a bit of a nightmare towing now, the rope is for emergancy use only, like moving a broken down car, an a frame turns the car into a trailer as you remove the driver from the towed car but it has to be bracked if it weighs more than 750kg, and if you do not have trailer entitlement on your licence you cannot tow anything over 750kg.

If you tow with a trailer you must have a suitable tow vehicle, ie a large van or 4x4.

The easiest way is to find a cheap recovery driver and get them to move it for you, or if you arn't mooving the car too far just book it in somewhere for mot and drive it home like that, as long as it's insured.

 

Bryan

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

 

As long as its pre booked in your name, car reg noted and insured yes, you dont need tax nor MOT. You can drive it to and back from the MOT pass or fail. :thumb:

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

 

like this man says thats what i do when i buy a car without mot (or ring up and book it in but dont go ;) i didnt tell you that lol), tbh you only get a 2 week ticket to put an mot on it anyway sometimes a fine off the police, if towing i only ever use a straight bar as im pretty sure its illegal to use a rope now and the driver of the car must have insurance if you know soeone who can drive other peoples cars 3rd party then they will be covered

 

mark

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

 

like this man says thats what i do when i buy a car without mot (or ring up and book it in but dont go ;) i didnt tell you that lol), tbh you only get a 2 week ticket to put an mot on it anyway sometimes a fine off the police, if towing i only ever use a straight bar as im pretty sure its illegal to use a rope now and the driver of the car must have insurance if you know soeone who can drive other peoples cars 3rd party then they will be covered

 

mark

 

providing of course the vehicle has its own insurance to begin with.

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

 

like this man says thats what i do when i buy a car without mot (or ring up and book it in but dont go ;) i didnt tell you that lol), tbh you only get a 2 week ticket to put an mot on it anyway sometimes a fine off the police, if towing i only ever use a straight bar as im pretty sure its illegal to use a rope now and the driver of the car must have insurance if you know soeone who can drive other peoples cars 3rd party then they will be covered

 

mark

 

providing of course the vehicle has its own insurance to begin with.

 

no thats not true and if anyone disagrees they can ask the 6 coppers that pulled me why i dont have 6 points off each of them now

 

mark

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Reading your original post if the only reason for you not driving it on the road is that it does not have an mot you would be far better booking it in to an mot centre and driving it there. Assuming as I do from the information in your post that you would be insured it is legal to drive a car without an mot to a test centre to get one. Far less hassle than messing around with tow ropes

 

al

 

like this man says thats what i do when i buy a car without mot (or ring up and book it in but dont go ;) i didnt tell you that lol), tbh you only get a 2 week ticket to put an mot on it anyway sometimes a fine off the police, if towing i only ever use a straight bar as im pretty sure its illegal to use a rope now and the driver of the car must have insurance if you know soeone who can drive other peoples cars 3rd party then they will be covered

 

mark

 

providing of course the vehicle has its own insurance to begin with.

 

no thats not true and if anyone disagrees they can ask the 6 coppers that pulled me why i dont have 6 points off each of them now

 

mark

 

 

It is indeed true (and yes I have checked).

If driving another car on your own insurance (making it third party) then other car must be insured by the owner.

If the car is not insured and you drive it on your own insurance policy your not covered. It states this at the bottom of my policy. Unless of course you have an insurance policy that states clearly but that will cost lots extra such as trade policy's.

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Pee Wee, most of my previous policies have stated merely that I am insured to drive any car as long as I have permission and the correct license entitlement to drive it, nothing about it having to be insured by the owner. I checked my dads and it said the same.

 

 

I used to assume it too mate. Check the small print or indeed check with the Police as I did.

Basically if a standard escort policy covered you to drive any car not belonging to you, you could buy a porsche, put it in anyones name, then drive it on your standard escort policy. Not going to happen, insurance companies are not that daft i'm afraid.

The policy usually states that you can drive any other car not belonging to you or leased by a hire company third party, but the details are in small print usually at the bottom about the conditions of the other car needing to be insured by the owner.

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Pee Wee, most of my previous policies have stated merely that I am insured to drive any car as long as I have permission and the correct license entitlement to drive it, nothing about it having to be insured by the owner. I checked my dads and it said the same.

 

 

I used to assume it too mate. Check the small print or indeed check with the Police as I did.

Basically if a standard escort policy covered you to drive any car not belonging to you, you could buy a porsche, put it in anyones name, then drive it on your standard escort policy. Not going to happen, insurance companies are not that daft i'm afraid.

The policy usually states that you can drive any other car not belonging to you or leased by a hire company third party, but the details are in small print usually at the bottom about the conditions of the other car needing to be insured by the owner.

 

my previous insurance policy said basically the same thing also u would have to have insurance on other vehicle to tax it otherwise u would be able to tax any car using your cover note to insure your own car

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