Car licences held before 1st January 1997
- Drivers who passed their driving test before 1st January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence expires.
- Generally the entitlement is for a vehicle and trailer combination of up to 8.25 tonnes MAM*.
Having what is termed ‘grandad rights’ does not of course guarantee safety and competence on the roads. For those requiring refresher trailer training either on or off road, we offer one day packages tailored to your requirements.
Be it reversing your caravan into storage or pulling a horse box across a wet event field, we offer practical hands on courses to ensure you are safe and confident with a trailer.
Car licences obtained since 1st January 1997
- Drivers who passed their test on or after the 1st January 1997 have category B only on their licence.
By law they are limited to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM towing a trailer up to 750kgs or a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM providing the MAM of the trailer doesn't exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.
If you wish to tow a caravan or any trailer that exceeds these weights, you will need to take an additional practical B+E driving test.
If you need B+E…
Our aim is to keep things simple and give you the best chance of passing 1st time.
Initially we would recommend that you come to us for an hours towing assessment.
During this time our instructors can explain the test criteria and establish your level of competency both on road and with regard to the manoeuvring exercises you will be required to demonstrate at the test.
From the initial hour assessment, our instructors can best advise as to how much training and experience you will then require in order to get you through your test.
Generally it is recommended that you complete either one or two full days training before your test.
B+E Offer - available 1st Nov 2016 until 31st March 2016
1 hour competency assessment £50
B+E daily training rate £395
DVLA test fee £115
All the training is undertaken in our own Land Rover Defender vehicles with our own weighted box trailer that meets the test size and weight criteria.
Tests are booked on your behalf at Steeton test centre, which is the most local to us.
*Trailer towing and the legalities surrounding it can be a confusing subject. The information provided is for information purposes only - please always contact the DVLA to confirm your specific requirement. MAM refers to the vehicle and trailers maximum permissible weight or gross weight.