With the VIMTEC MBE 1500 you can travel faster than a truck on German highways thanks to the 100 km/h approval. However, in order to be able to transport a trailer at this speed, some requirements must be met.
The towing vehicle needs to have an antilock braking system. The tires of the trailer must be younger than 6 years and at least be rated for 120 km/h. If the trailer is equipped with brakes and shock absorbers – standard for the MBE 1500 – the maximum weigh is set to 1.1 times more than the weight of the towing vehicle. For additional stabilization of the MBE during the transportation an anti-sway coupling has been installed. In contrast to the traditional steel rims, alloy wheels provide an even smoother ride and can be installed on request.
Last but not least, the 100 km/h plaque, issued and sealed by the traffic authority, must be mounted on the back of the trailer.
Another requirement to transport the VIMTEC MBE 1500, is the presence of the appropriate driver’s license.
Because the fully equipped MBE 1500 weighs about 2.5 t, the transport with a normal European class B license is not permitted. However, the license category BE or the former class 3 is sufficient. BE license holders are permitted to operate a combination of a normal category B towing vehicle and a trailer, given the maximum authorized mass of 3.5 t is not exceed. The trailer license BE costs only about 500 € in Germany. However, charges may differ among regions.
A trailer, including the MBE, must also be approved at the vehicle registration office.
Since a few years, there has been no necessity to approve a trailer in combination with a specified towing vehicle. Therefore, a trailer can be transported with any car that meets the necessary requirements.