Thursday, 19 April 2012

Swedish trailer issue finally solved

Swedish trailer issue finally solved

A three-year campaign by Swedish riders finally came to fruition last week, as the national transport agency gave in to SMC's arguments and decided to allow coupling trailers on motorcycles with only a minimal amount of paperwork

From  April 16th, vehicle owners will be allowed to freely ride their motorcycle with a trailer in tow, and will only need a quick visit to the Swedish Motor Vehicle Inspection offices to get the combination approved.

With Spring showing up early all over Europe, this is very good news for many motorcyclists in Sweden who like to carry their gear in tow.
"I hope that all motorcyclists who want to ride with a trailer are happy and pleased since we finally have a regulation which allows this", says Maria Nordqvist, SMC, who has been in charge of the issue for three years.

"It's feels incredible that the solution finally came. It's also a good start of the motorcycle season 2012. The motorcyclists don't need the bureaucracy and insecurity that come with asking for a special exemption. It also means that every rider saves €130," Maria continues. "The regulation states that the towing coupler must fulfil the demands laid out in the relevant EU directive. If there isn't any specification from the MC producer you can follow the specification from the towing coupler producer. For amateur built and rebuilt motorcycles you can either use a type approved towing coupler or use one that fulfils the control of SFRO, the Swedish vehicle builder association."

This is a departure from the previous systems, where users were required to produce towing weight figures approved by the motorcycle's manufacturer - data that almost never existed. It effectively banned trailers from being used on the road, for no good reason.

Now, there are only a few demands on the weight of the trailer. It mustn't exceed:
1. 150 kilos
2. 50 % of the motorcycle weight reduced with the weight of fuel and tools
3. The weight that the towing coupler is constructed for

Motorcycle touring is very popular with Swedish riders, who travel not only the kingdom's scenic routes, but also travel all around Europe, often with their gear packed in a side-car or a trailer.

Source: FEMA

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