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Trailers: Registration

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 220202, tabled on 12 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the potential effect of trailer registration charges on the operations of the haulage sector.

Answered on

20 February 2019

An impact assessment was carried out on the effect of introducing a trailer registration requirement and was published alongside the Trailer Registration Regulations 2018.

The cost to business and private users of large non-commercial trailers was assessed as follows:-

  • Familiarisation costs estimated at a one-off cost at £7 per trailer

  • Trailer registration fee expected to be no more than £28 (one-off cost) per trailer and since confirmed at £26

  • Registration plate at an average cost of £16 from private suppliers

Trailer users will benefit from avoiding enforcement costs that may otherwise be incurred during international travel. Overall the benefits of the scheme are expected to be much greater than the costs and this scheme has been broadly welcomed by industry.