Are you towing legally?

Did you know that if you passed your test after 1st of January 1997 you may be unable to tow some large trailers?

If not you are not alone.

If you passed your car test before 1997 or have gained trailer entitlement with any other categories by passing the relevant driving test than you can tow a trailer of any weight with a car as long as you don't exceed the maximum trailer weight for your vehicle.

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) or 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).

After the 19th of January 2013 further changes were brought in. If you passed your test after this date you can tow a trailer with a MAM of no more than 750kgs or a trailer over 750 kgs MAM if where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn't more than 3,500 kgs.

If these rules affect you or your work you will need to take a car and trailer (B+E) test (more details of what this involves can be found here).

If you were to be caught by the police or you were involved in an accident and you were found to be over the weight limits for you licence you may find that your insurance will be invalid and you could be prosecuted. If you are driving a work vehicle it is down to you, as the driver, to make sure that you have the relevant licence for the vehicle

For more information on the relevant rules and regulations click here and for more information on our services and how we can help you to tow legally click here.

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