BPS: Trailering Boats & Jet Skis Requires Permit

June 12, 2016

As the use of trucks, vans and motorcars to trailer boats and jet-skis is on the rise due to the summer season, the police have reminded the public that all trailers require the issue of a permit.

Inspector Robert Cardwell, Officer in Charge of Marine Police, said, “As summer time is upon us, the use of trucks, vans and motorcars to trailer boats and jet-ski personal watercraft is on the rise.

“The public are reminded that all trailers require the issue of a permit by the Minister of Transport as per Section 6 of the Motor Car [Examination, Licensing and Registration] Regulations 1952.

“When trailering it is required that there be displayed on the front of the vehicle and on the rear of a trailer a white placard with the letter “T” coloured in black as per Section 22 of the Road Traffic Act 1947.

“Towing a trailer without a permit or without displaying a white placard with the letter “T” on both the front of the vehicle and the rear of the trailer is an offence.

“When trailering operators should be sure that the trailer is fastened securely to the tow ball of the vehicle and that there is a chain connecting the trailer to the vehicle in the event the trailer becomes detached.”

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  1. Triangle Drifter says:

    Another example of Government making a simple thing inconvenient & costly. The only requirement should be insurance for towing. Something that should be possible to aquire by the month.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      While I do agree that we could all use less bureaucracy in our lives I’m curious to know if the permits come only after a TCD inspection . It doesn’t take much neglect of the trailer with our extremely salty water to turn axles and wheels , etc into rickety ,rusty unsafe transport tools .

    • Herb says:

      ahhh yes govt’s fault, not the rule of law that most people live by…

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Trailers have to be insured and licensed by TCD (even though it seems most jet ski trailers are not). No mention of that by the police. If that is done then the trailer complies with the law, so what is this permit that is required? Does the need for a permit mean the trailer doesn’t need to be licensed and insured?

  3. Seadoo300 says:

    how much does this T permit cost?

  4. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    In the USA virtually every one trails the average size watercraft, there are several justifiable reasons for that.

    With the decreasing number of suitable mooring spaces available in Bermuda it would make sense that the Government would encourage the use of boat trailers here.

    Obviously that is quite the opposite, apparently we must be considered incompetent and irresponsible with need to be micro managed, same goes for the limitation on motorcycles size, if you can drive a vehicle here you could drive virtually any where.

    The boating industry here employs hundreds of people, the revenue from that is considerable, restriction sanction and mismanagement put us were we are today, broke and busted.

    What is this island coming to, do we need a permit to brush our teeth , is Bermuda becoming an open air prison where we inmates get to run the show.

    Nothing has changed “Different strokes for different folks”.