Utility trailers are used to pull everything from household furniture and vehicles to small freight and animal stock. Laws and requirements regarding the use of trailers on U.S. highways are similar from state to state, but not easy to find. If you want to safely transport your cargo and avoid traffic citations in Georgia, you should understand the state's laws regarding utility trailers.
All vehicles must have a valid county tag registration and a driver must have a valid driver’s license to register vehicles or trailers. Proof of residence and ownership of the trailer is also required when applying for a tag. In Georgia, and most states, trailers over eight-feet wide and carrying over 3000 pounds must have a special permit and must be outfitted with brakes. To pull a large swinging trailer, drivers may be required to take a special driving course.
Trailer lights must be maintained and operate properly in Georgia. The trailer must also have wheels that are in good shape and a well-maintained general appearance. Trailers exposed to constant wind, water and bumps are subject to more wear and tear, so owners are expected to consider maintenance as often as needed. Citations are often issued for trailers fixed with wires, nailed boards and other objects that could ultimately come off and become a road hazard.
Trailers in Georgia must have lights, a requirement common to all states. The location of the lights is also specific. Lights are required to be affixed at specific locations on the trailer that will cover the proper 180 and 90 degree angles.