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National Trailer & Towing Association
Promoting Safe and Legal Towing

Free Safety Checks

The NTTA pioneered the initiative to introduce the UK's first Free Safety Check program for the light trailer industry.

All trailers unbraked and braked, up to 3500kg (gross weight) can be taken to a participating NTTA QS Member for the Free Safety Check, which could highlight issues that should be addressed.

To find a Safety Check Centre near you, please click here

The NTTA Free Safety Check is a visual inspection only, and not a substitute for regular maintenance & servicing but will give you an overview on the general safety aspects of your trailer. If suspect items are found, they will be highlighted and you will be given the option to have them repaired.

Items inspected are: -

  • Lights
  • Electrics
  • Brake Cables (if applicable)
  • Tyres (condition )
  • Tyres (pressures)
  • Wheel Alignment
  • Drawbar
  • Handbrake operation (if applicable)
  • Breakaway Cable / Secondary Coupling Device
  • Jockey Wheel Operation
  • Coupling head operation
  • Wheel Bearings
  • General Chassis Condition
  • General Body Condition
  • General Floor Condition

Each of the Safety Check record sheets is individually numbered and NTTA will keep a record of the findings.

An example of trailer safety checks. Police officers, together with the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service and the Central Registration and Identification scheme, ran a trailer and caravan check at a site on the A12.

34 vehicles were stopped and 21 were towing trailers, 11 were towing caravans. Of those 34 vehicles stopped only 12 were found clear of faults. A total of 8 vehicles had breakaway cables that were not fitted correctly and some did not have one fitted. Some of those towing caravans did not have the extendable mirrors that are a legal requirement.

The driver of one vehicle towing a trailer with a seized braking system was given a £100 fine and had 3 points added to his licence for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

Since then the NTTA has continued to assist the Police and the Highway Authorities to conduct roadside checks.