Trailer (Flat-bed)

AKA: Plant Trailer, Builder's Trailer

Trailer (Flat-bed)

Identification Areas

  1. Plate on A frame, offside, facing outwards.
  2. Serial number stamped into top of the offside A frame.

Common Manufacturers

Bateson, Brian James, Ifor Williams, Indespension, Wessex.

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Theft indicators

An awareness of the following indicators will help focus attention on suspicious equipment during routine stops, patrols and investigations.


Time: Equipment being transported between 2000-0500 hrs or on weekends or holidays. Equipment theft most often happens at these times and contractors are unlikely to pay overtime if it can be avoided. (Note: exception – in large metropolitan areas equipment is sometimes moved in the early mornings to avoid traffic).

Things to watch out for

  • Equipment being hauled on vehicles not designed to haul such equipment.
  • New equipment on old transport.
  • Trade plates on the vehicle.
  • Haulier is using agricultural (red (UK) or green (Irish)) diesel, or any other illegal fuel, in their vehicle.
  • Haulier vehicle has no company livery.
  • The labels/markings on the equipment do not match those of the vehicle carrying or hauling it.
  • The Ministry Number is missing from the haulier’s trailer.

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