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Whether or not you can tow a caravan or trailer with your vehicle depends on the kind of driving licence you hold. You can find out whether you can tow a caravan on a car licence.


Look for the kind of trailer you can tow and its weight via your category entitlement (a letter, such as 'B'). Then note the weight of caravan or trailer you'd like to tow.

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 after 1st January 1997 need to take an additional car and trailer driving test and meet more rigorous medical standards to get category B+E or above.

See driver entitlements for details of upgrades to differing classes.


Provisional Trailer Entitlement

Drivers must now first pass a provisional test for any larger licence category they wish to move to.

Where drivers may be driving trailers legitimately with L plates, they are not allowed to take the trailer test until they first pass a test and hold a licence for a rigid vehicle.

Last updated: Thursday 19th March 2020

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