Drivers may be fined for installing bike racks as some vehicles are ‘not designed to tow’

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Adrian Parry-Jones, spokesperson at Witter Tow Bars said drivers could face penalties if a tow bar is fitted to a vehicle which is not homologated to tow. He said some models were “not designed” to tow heavy items as they had “no towing capacity”.

Models which were likely to be affected included sportscars, hybrid models and electric vehicles.

Speaking to, he said: “Some sportscars do not have the homologation to tow.

“So they are not designed to tow.

“If you take a Golf R for example, they have got no towing capacity.

“But [people] want to fit a towbar just to take their bike racks but you can’t do that.”

He warned drivers run the risk of being hit by penalties as they were “doing something illegal”.

According to GOV.UK, drivers can be fined up to £2,500 for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

Road users can also expect to receive three penalty points or they could even be banned from driving.

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Mr Parry-Jones added: “The transmissions and the braking systems on the vehicle aren’t set up for all that added weight.

“So when you look at a car that can accelerate in five seconds.

“Putting that power through the transmission and all the drivetrain with a towbar on the back, it is not designed to do it.

“Yes it’s designed for the car to accelerate that hard but you could put that power down whilst towing.”

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