No, not illegal.So not illegal then?
Having a look at my wife's ID3 the rear tailgate seems very lightweight. I would have thought that the force of a tailgate mounted rack would perhaps damage it. Many of the tailgate racks can't be fitted to vehicles that have the plastic roof 'spoiler' extension that many modern cars have for aerodynamics, including the ID3.What makes you say that?
In Germany using an item that is not dorectly homologated to your vehicle is often illegal...No, not illegal.
Why do you think it might be?
We’ve been down this rabbit hole with tow bars, even when a car isn’t homologated for towing, if you can safely fit a tow bar then there is no legal reason you can’t use it for carrying a tow bar mounted bike rack for example.
I have a letter from the U.K. DfT confirming exactly that, I’d say this is in the same camp, but also understand if people wouldn’t want to go anywhere near the idea. 🙂
Last time I looked, Germany had some of the strictest laws around vehicle modifications, but actually the TüV certification setup actually helps people in other countries as it helps demonstrate something is fit for purpose.In Germany using an item that is not dorectly homologated to your vehicle is often illegal...
As a recently discovered, for example after market wheels must have a TÜV homologation specifically for you car version!(Model, year and version)
Otherwise you can get a fine and get the insurance voided...
But I'm no expert in automotive law in UK or Germany so I can't saw for sure if it also applies for bike carriers...
Now let me go bat to my daily dose of anxiety by not being able to decide where to carry my goddam bike...
Funny you should mention Polo drivers (although I have a Polo GTI+). These numbskulls (OK, it's an Ibiza, same size as a Polo) were heading to my local beach (Whitley bay)...Yeah, I mean the rules on roof racks has always been clear, the load should be secure and safe.
but that still doesn't stop VW Polo drivers fitting Ikea flat packs to the roof, with no roof bars, just a bit of carpet and a bit of string. I think we have all seen this.
I'll ask my local garage about roof bars nearer the time I need them. With Hornbach (B&Q equivalent in Germany) once again open (at least for now), that time could be sooner than I think.
I thought the P plate stood for just Passed these guys must have thought it meant Pillock!