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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is launching a new tow campaign highlighting the importance of trailer safety.

The tragic death of three year-old Freddie Hussey in 2014 has led to the DVSA vehicle tow campaign. The DVSA has produced a quick and simple online tow guide accompanied with short video to help people check if their trailer is safe and is targeting it at anyone towing small trailers, caravans, horseboxes and boats.

Watch a video about these checks


Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, said:

I was shocked and saddened by the death of three year-old Freddie Hussey – it is absolutely essential that drivers carry out a few quick and simple checks to make sure their trailer is safe, so we do not see a repeat of this awful tragedy. This campaign will help drivers to make sure they are towing safely and will save lives in the process.”

Even a short journey with an insecure or unroadworthy trailer puts lives at risk, as the death of three-year-old Freddie Hussey tragically shows.


To make sure your using a trailer safely you need to:

  • make sure the brakes are working correctly
  • check that the lights are undamaged and working correctly
  • check that the coupling height is correct
  • use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling


The campaign is also supported by representatives from National Trailer and Towing Association (NTTA) and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

NTTA Chief Executive Administrator, Larry Lambert, said:

NTTA firmly believes that education is the key to stopping these events from happening again and our association fully supports this campaign.

“We urge all users to keep their trailers properly maintained and to allow sufficient time before each journey to carry out essential checks that will ensure that their towing experience is safe and legal at all times.


SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said:

We welcome this important campaign, and urge all trailer users to follow the DVSA’s simple steps to ensure their trailer is properly coupled so they can tow safely and avoid further tragic and preventable accidents.



The rules on towing a trailer
Safety checks you should carry out
Watch a video about these checks