Some drivers need to take an additional car and trailer practical driving test if they wish to tow a caravan or trailer. This often applies when the driver passed their car test after 1st January 2007.
Note that MAM means Maximum Authorised Mass, or the maximum/gross authorised weight of the vehicle.
Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997 are allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination of up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.
Drivers who passed their car test on or after 1st January 1997 are restricted to vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes MAM (with caravan/trailer).
If you wish to drive a combination which exceeds this weight limit, you are required to pass another driving test in category B+E.
This test is based on the lorry driving test and takes about an hour to complete. These tests are conducted at specialist vocational driving test centres.
The B+E towing test includes driving on the road, vehicle safety questions, a controlled stop, and an off road reverse procedure; along with coupling and un-coupling of the trailer.
The test includes ten minutes of independent driving - this part of the test is designed to test driver ability and decision making.
The practical test includes questions relating to basic safety checks such as fluid and tyre levels. There are five 'show me', 'tell me' style questions. Incorrect answers lead a fault being recorded, to a maximum of four driving faults. Five questions wrongly answered leads to a serious fault being recorded.
Last updated: Friday 22nd July 2011
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