Because some vehicles aren’t built to tow, drivers may be punished for adding bike racks.
According to tow bar experts, drivers who install bike racks on their vehicles ahead of summer staycations may be penalized.
According to Adrian Parry-Jones, a representative for Witter Tow Bars, if a tow bar is installed on a vehicle that is not homologated to tow, drivers may face penalties. Some versions, he said, were “not meant” to carry big things because they “lacked towing capacity.”
Sportscars, hybrids, and electric vehicles were among the models that were expected to be affected.
“Some sportscars do not have the homologation to tow,” he told this publication.
“As a result, they aren’t built to tow.
“Take, for example, a Golf R, which has no towing capacity.
“However, [they]want to install a towbar solely to tow their bike racks, which is not possible.”
He warned that drivers risk being fined because they were “doing something wrong.”
According to GOV.UK, drivers who use a vehicle in an unsafe condition can be penalised up to £2,500.
Road users may also incur three penalty points or be barred from driving altogether.
“The vehicle’s gearboxes and brake systems aren’t geared up for all that increased weight,” Mr Parry-Jones continued.
“So, when you see a car that can accelerate in five seconds, think about it.
“With a towbar on the rear, putting that much power through the transmission and the entire drivetrain is not meant to accomplish that.
“Yes, the car is built to accelerate that quickly, but you could put that power down when towing.”
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Certain performance, hybrid, and city-car models, according to Towing Express, may not be homologated to tow.
This indicates that the car manufacturer believes the model is inappropriate for towing.
Checking the owner’s manual to see if their car can tow is a common way for drivers to find out.
Drivers can find their Gross Train Mass information on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate if this does not provide enough information.
This is usually located beneath the hood or inside the driver’s door.
Manufacturers who don’t want drivers pulling automobiles may put a 0kg value on this.
Some companies, on the other hand, choose to leave this section blank or not include any train weight information at all.