Learn to tow and get the required licence with Roadworthy

 

 

Training is not available at the present time.

 

 

 

 

Towing - Trailers/Caravans/Horsebox


The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.

Licences issued from 19 January 2013

From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:

  • small trailers weighing no more than 750kg
  • trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg

If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.
You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

Licences held from 1 January 1997

If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can drive either:

  • a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500 kilograms (kg) Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (with a combined weight of up to 4,250kg in total)
  • a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen or ‘kerb’ weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total)

For anything heavier you need to take a category B+E driving test.

 

Licences held before 1 January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.

This is the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road.

You also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Licences held from 1 January 1997

You’ll need to take a practical test to get a B+E entitlement on your licence if you passed your driving test after this date and hold a category B (car) licence.
You’ll need to do this if you want to tow a trailer or caravan heavier than 750 kilograms (kg) when the combined maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the towing vehicle and the trailer or caravan is more than 3,500kg.

! MAM means the weight of a vehicle or trailer including the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s being used on the road. This is also known as gross vehicle weight.

 

Roadworthy Courses

Licences held before 1 January 1997 as you are probably aware you do not need to take the B+E test. But if you have never towed a trailer before and/or are not confident about towing, we would recommend a 1 or 2 day course.

Licences held from 1 January 1997 then you will need to sit the test if you intend to tow anything over 750 kilograms, we would recommend the 4 day course (see below). Part of the course will focus on your general driving skills, to make sure you have not developed any bad habits since you passed your car test.  This is a necessity as the B part of the test relates to general driving skills, the E relates to the trailer skills.

 

4 Day Course - £550

A full training course with your test at the end of it. We will develop the driving you already have and teach you new skills when towing. You will be reversing and carrying out a braking exercise, coupling and recoupling and general manoeuvrability.

 

2 Day Course-£250

We also offer a 2 day refresher course for those who have previously towed but have lost confidence or have never had the confidence to reverse.

 

N.B.(all our fees do not include the £115 test fee and we require a £100 deposit 14 days before the start date, any additional hours will be charged at £30per hour)