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Trailer Towing Training

BARFORD, Norwich, Norfolk

Sutton Driving Towing training for trailer b+e licence

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Towing trailers or caravans with vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes.

    Entitlement to Tow.

  • If you passed your car test before january 1st 1997, you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM (maximum authorised mass). MAM is the maximum permitted laden weight.
  • If you passed your test on or after 1st January 1997 (including January re-tests if you had your licence revoked), you are restricted to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM towing an unbraked trailer up to 750kgs MAM, or a vehicle and  braked trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle. If you wish to tow a trailer that exceeds these weight limits, you will need to pass an additional driving test to gain B+E licence entitlement.

Example:

  • vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.25 tonnes could be driven by the holder of a category B entitlement. This is because the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and also the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle

Whereas

  • the same vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes when coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.5 tonnes would fall within category B+E. This is because, although the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer is within the 3.5 tonnes MAM limit, the MAM of the trailer is more than the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle.
  • Vehicle manufacturers normally recommend a maximum weight of trailer appropriate to their vehicle. Details can usually be found in the vehicle's handbook or obtained from car dealerships. The size of the trailer recommended for an average family car with an unladen weight of around 1 tonne would be well within the new category B threshold.
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