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Caravan Mirrors and the Law

Caravan mirrors and cameras - how important are they?

To be compliant with the law, anyone towing a caravan must be able to see 20 metres behind them and four metres either side of the towed outfit. In order to meet this requirement, almost all vehicles will need additional towing mirrors.

The Caravan Safety and Security Group (CSSG) have warned that “many drivers wrongly believe that because they are towing with substantial 4x4 vehicles, these mirrors are not required. When police check caravan outfits, one of the most common problems they find is a lack of towing mirrors - something that could potentially cost you more than the price of the mirrors.”

Since January 2010 the law on towing mirrors has also changed, and now states that all new cars and motorhomes registered since this date must carry the ‘e-mark’ indicating that they comply with EEC regulation 2003/97 (in the EU) or UNECE Regulation 46.01 or 46.02 (in the United Nations).

How to check if your mirrors comply with the new law

The advice from CSSG and The Camping and Caravanning Club is to ensure that your towing mirrors meet the EEC regulation regardless of the registration date of your vehicle, as this provides assurance that your unit is as safe as possible. If your mirror is compliant it will have a label on it similar to one of these below:

EEC regulation

  • The Roman numeral number indicates the class of mirror (eg small, large or wide angle)
  • The lower case ‘e’ demonstrates that the mirror meets the prior-2010 regulation
  • The number following the ‘e’ represents the country that the mirror was tested in - 11 is the UK’s number, but all numbers are accepted by law
  • The number below is the approval number and begins with 01, 02 or 03 - 03 is the approval number representing the 2010 compliance, so this is what you need to be looking for.

     

UNECE Regulation

  • The Roman numeral number indicates the class of mirror (eg small, large or wide angle)
  • The upper case ‘E’ demonstrates that the mirror meets the prior-2010 regulation
  • The number following the ‘E’ represents the country that the mirror was tested in - 11 is the UK’s number, but all numbers are accepted by law
  • The number below is the approval number and begins with 01, 02 or 03 - 02 is the approval number representing the 2010 compliance, so this is what you need to be looking for.

Read this article from The Camping and Caravanning website for more information on caravan mirrors  

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