New caravan laws could soon be introduced to stop thieves’ ‘unlawful possession’
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A Parliament Petition is pushing for caravan details to be included in vehicle registration documents. Campaigners say this will make it easier to “identify unlawful possession” of caravans.
Caravans being towed by vehicles they are not registered to could then be investigated straight away.
The Parliament petition was started by Martin Brewster and is expected to run until December.
Mr Brewster said the new changes would ensure “it takes more effort” to steal a caravan.
He said: “This petition is to have the law changed to make it a legal requirement to have caravans included in the registration document of the towing vehicle, making it easier to identify unlawful possession using existing registration systems.
“This would make it easier to identify caravans by law enforcement that might be unlawfully possessed, when they are being towed by a car it is not registered to.
“Number plates can be ‘cloned’ but it would take more effort to steal a caravan and ensure you have the correct make, model, and year of the vehicle towing it.
“Legitimate traders would be able to register… against tow vehicles.”
Just 180 people have signed up to the new petition with 10,000 needed to receive a Government response.
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The petition could be debated in Parliament if 100,000 signatures are received.
Just last month experts at Trackershop warned caravans were becoming “attractive to criminals”.
They said caravans were now an “attractive booty” for thieves because some models were valued at up to £80,000.
Shaun Carse, Trackershop manager said: “Even budget models around the £10-20,000 price bracket are attractive to criminals because of the huge demand for vehicles and the relative ease of which they can be stolen.
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