A friend of mine sent me this info, from where I don't know, since I've been hauling some equipment around lately. Anyone else heard of this?
Here's his message:
Hey Wayne, there is a new federal law going to take effect in September that all axles on trailer with a GVW of 2600lbs or more must have brakes. This is for commercial and non-commercial trailers. Any strap must display a tag that states the strength of the strap. This is a crackdown on lawn care and landscapers using trailers improperly loaded and improperly licensed. Noncommercial trailers are included in the new laws. Also don’t get caught using your noncommercial trailer for commercial use.
The use of house trailer axles and tires are not allowed now. The fine per house trailer tire is $200.00 per tire. If I were buying a new trailer I would get the brakes on both axles. If you have an older trailer with brakes on one axle you will be required to install brakes on the other axle. These laws will be enforced by states requiring inspections and states that don’t do inspections will have troopers and DOT spot inspections.