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Tow bars these days have to be fitted by an approved dealer and come with a certificate to this affect, if this is not done and you tow in places like France and Spain you could end up with your car being seized.
 

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Now that I didn't know! Thanks for sharing
 

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As soldierboy says, the rules differ in continental Europe.

In Greece I have to go to the local police, with the fitters certificate, and they register that the car has a towbar and what it will be used to pull.

Mine was fitted at the dealership and is a Thule removeable bar. Not used it yet but the boat goes in the marina in April so will see what it's like with 1300kgs of Chaparral behind it.
 

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I did a bit of looking about on tow bar legislation as i want to fit one to the stepway.

i found this http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/media/1022853/choice-of-towbar-mo.pdf might be of help

I also looked on the gov.uk web site and found this https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/towing-equipment-safety-standards

as well as some useful info from ebay of all places, http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/Towbars-and-the-law-are-you-aware-of-the-regulations-/10000000001097928/g.html

EU legislation doesn't appear to require a towbar to be fitted by an approved outlet/ fitter but the hardware must be type approved for use on your vehicle (homologation plate cannot be removed or painted over)

After reading all this I'll be buying the parts and fitting myself.

Hope this is useful
 
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