B+E Licence - Towing a Trailer Training

30 March 2021

Training provided by TTS for employees and individuals!

 

Do you need to Tow a Trailer and require the B+E Licence Category?

Whether you are towing a Horse Box, Caravan or large trailer, if you passed your car driving test after 1997, you are legally required to obtain a B + E Category.

Do I need a B+E?

Your driving licence will show entitlement to drive vehicles in Category B, this is a vehicle with up to 8 passenger seats (car or people carrier) or a goods vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (transit van size)

Can I Tow a Trailer with my Category B Car licence?

Answer YES - but the combined mass of the trailer and the towing vehicle must not exceed 3500 kgs (3.5 tonne) or if the towing vehicle has a maximum authorised mass of 3500 kgs the trailer MUST not be more than 750 kgs (this is probably a small camping type trailer).

Our Caravan/Trailer weights more than 750 kgs - can I still tow it?

Answer YES - but this is where you need to find the maximum towing capability of your vehicle and it’s unladen weight. (ULW) the rules say that a trailer of more than 750kgs can be towed providing the trailer’s maximum weight does not exceed (ULW) of the towing vehicle and that the total combined vehicle and trailer does not exceed 3.5 ton.  With B + E on your licence, your vehicle and trailer can be over 3.5 ton, to work out how heavy your combination will be read your vehicle manual or the vehicle identification plate.

The plate or manual will state the maximum weights for your vehicle, individual axle weights sometimes called Gross Train Weight (GTW). GTW is the total weight of the vehicle trailer and load - if the DVSA weigh your vehicle and it exceeds this you are overloaded and are committing an offence.

How long will it take to train a driver to test standard?

All drivers are different - some will learn quickly others may take longer, WE WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND AN ASSESSMENT DRIVE PRIOR TO YOUR TRAINING TO DETERMINE THE IDEAL COURSE LENGTH

Do I have to take a theory test for Cat B+E category?

Answer NO

What if I passed my test before 1st January 1997?

A driver who has passed a car driving test before 1st January 1997 should have B + E on their licence.

 

CAUTION:  You may need considerably more than a B + E category if the trailer exceeds 1020 kgs or the towing vehicle is over 3.5 tonnes (3,500 kgs), and they are being used in connection with a business, you are likely to require a goods vehicle operator’s licence (O Licence).  The towing vehicle may require a tachograph and the driver will have to observe drivers’ hours regulations.

 

To find out more or to book a course please get in touch:

T -  0191 286 2919 or 0333 358 2002

E - hello@tynesidetrainingservices.co.uk

 

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