just got a couple of these extracts from 2 other sites as well... 2nd one is a discussion about the ST and towing... funnily enough in that same thread there was even a picture of an RS towing lol.. but unfortunately like the ST its not type approved for towing and legally shouldnt be.
[b]2. I have a type approved car, but no train weight is shown on the VIN plate, may I still tow with it? [/b]
If the manufacturer has not authorised the towing of a trailer by declaration during the type approval process, no train weight will be shown and it is not permitted to fit a coupling device or tow a trailer.
For example the [url="http://www.solentribster.com/towing_requirements.htm#"][color=blue][color=blue !important][font=inherit !important][size=1][color=blue !important][font=inherit !important][size=1]Ford[/size][/font][/size][/color][/font][/color][/color][/url] KA has no declared train weight, and no mounting points for a tow bar. There are a number of other vehicles, which do not have a declared train weight and are not able to tow a trailer."
"As has been previously hinted, the ST has no type approval for towing.
Therefore any time that you do tow something you are operating the car outside of its approval unless you have arranged an SVA or similar through VOSA.
Please be aware that if you are involved in an accident whilst towing it is highly likely that your insurance company will want nothing to do with it."
"So, as you have shown (and proven);
> Technically it is possible to have a Tow Bar fitted to an ST - which is good news for all those who want to have one fitted as for many years it's always been said that it isn't possible.
> Legally - the ST has no type approval to have a tow bar fitted and therefore might be legally "unfit to use on the road"
> Insurance - it is possible to declare a tow bar on an ST to an insurance company who will confirm such notification and charge you a premium for it.
There is still an open question of whether the insurer really understands that the ST is not type approved to have a tow bar or have they just assumed that as it's a Focus it must be, and in the event of an accident whilst towing a trailer/having a bike rack fitted etc etc will they pay out?"
"Agree with everyone above saying it's stupid and voids the insurance etc. Just because insurance will insure a car with a tow hook or mods doesn't mean that it is legal in VOSAS point of view.
The ST is not approved for towing. But yes places will still fit a tow bar and yes insurances will still insure it, but insurance also insure de-cats which are illegal.
An ST isn't designed to tow so shouldn't be used for that."
"As said above unless you have special clearance from DVLA/VOSA to tow then you are breaking the law and your ins will be void when they find out that the car is not approved."
its a kinda split oppinion, you will find lots of people who say yep you can tow, the car is capable, no harm, insurance companies dont care etc lol... but like most things its down to the individual to make that choice and take that risk.
but the fact remains, if the car has no towing type approval, it should not be legally towing, and your insurance can be deemed void.