Driving Licence Changes – Towing Licences!

Driving Licence Changes – Towing Licences!

Did you Know…

On the 19th January 2013 new driving licence rules come into force for drivers (categories B and B+E)  who want to tow a caravan or trailer.  This new rule applies if you pass your car test on or after this date. If you have passed your test before this date your entitlement will not be affected.  If you want to check what towing restrictions are, please use the link below.

The driving licence you need to tow a caravan or trailer

If  you pass your test to drive cars/ small vehicles up to 3,500kg (category B) from 19 January 2013, you will be able to tow light trailers weighing no more than 750kg or trailers/caravans weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle (the car/ small vehicle) and the trailer is not more than 3,500kg.

To tow a trailer or caravan that weighs more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer/caravan is more than 3,500kg, you will have to pass a further test to obtain category B+E (small vehicles and trailer) entitlement.  After passing the B+E test, the trailer/caravan you tow must not be heavier than 3,500kg and the combined weight must not be more than 7,000kg.

(To tow a trailer that weighs more than 3,500kg with a car/ small vehicle (category B), you will need to pass an additional test for category C1E (medium-sized goods vehicles with trailers).