All tow bars fitted since that 1998 must be Type Approved or are illegal for use.
The vehicle must also show a GVTW (Gross Vehicle Train Weight) on its VIN plate to ensure it is not overloaded beyond its design capacity.
Some modern vehicles are NOT approved for towing by the manufacturers and so any towbar fitted will be illegal.
The ability to source vehicles via the Internet means that many are choosing to import ready-built modified vehicles at realistic prices.
Many may be spurred on by the statement that BIVA (Basic Individual Vehicle Assessment)only applies to post 1998 vehicles and that an older vehicle won’t be a problem.
If anything that appears to be too good to be true ever true?