After Brexit, trailers coming from the UK will need to be registered in the UK first before being allowed to drive into the rest of Europe.
Stricter requirements for bumpers on trailers
Trailers need to be equipped with a bumper, so that other road users won’t become stuck under the vehicle in the case of a collision. The regulations for bumpers are established in ECE-Regulations 58 and apply to all EU countries. Recent changes to these regulations concern lower mounting of the bumper to further reduce the chance of under-run and greater strength requirements to prevent the bumper from breaking off.
In practice, this means that the maximum height, measured from the bottom of the bumper to the road, must be lowered from 550 to 450 mm. The bumper also needs to be mounted less deep under the vehicle. During crash tests, the bumper must be resistant to larger forces.
The new regulation applies from 1 September 2019 for new vehicles and trailers (above 8 tonnes GVW). All new to be registered vehicles must meet these requirements from September 2021. The new regulations do not apply to existing vehicles.