GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)

Q : What does a trailer GVWR stand for ?

A : The GVWR is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. This is the maximum allowable weight of the trailer and Cargo combined as specified in the road safety act.  It includes the maximum load of goods (towing capacity) and the maximum weight of any optional equipment on the trailer.

This maximum allowed weight is determined by the manufacturer, among other characteristics presented in the registration of the trailer to the competent authorities.  It is needed to obtain authorization for the trailer to travel on the roads of the considered country.

The road safety act generally provides special regulation for the different categories of GVWR, in particular the type of license required for the drivers of such vehicles.