Do you need to take the B+E towing test?

Did you pass your driving test before January 1997?

If you did, then it is possible that you will not need a B+E licence as long as you are not towing a combined gross weight of more than 7000kg.

If you passed your test after January 1, 1997 then you may need a B+E licence if you are going to tow a combined gross weight of more than 3500kg. 

Still not sure? Please find below a step by step guide that will enable you to determine whether you need the licence or not.

Trailer Test Course

Find out if you need to take the towing test

DSA Trailer Towing - Driving License B+E Categories

What information do I need?

  1. The manufacturer's stated unladen weight of your vehicle.
  2. The manufacturer's stated gross weight of your vehicle.
  3. The manufacturer's stated gross weight of your vehicle and the trailer combined.
  4. The manufacturer's stated gross weight of your trailer.

Where can I find this information?

  1. You will find the unladen weight of your vehicle either in your handbook or if not displayed there, by inquiring from a local dealership.
  2. You will find the manufacturer's stated gross weight of your vehicle on the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) plate of your vehicle.  This is generally situated under the bonnet of your car or on a door pillar.  It is the first kg number.
  3. You will also find the manufacturer's stated gross weight of your vehicle and trailer on the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) plate of your vehicle.  It is the second kg number.
  4. The manufacturer's stated gross weight of your trailer is displayed on an ID plate which is generally riveted to the side of your trailer.

The object of this practical driving course is to train the delegate to attain the standard and pass the additional trailer category B+E car & trailer DVSA driving test. All delegates will receive individual tuition in all the exercises and disciplines required to complete the test successfully.

Trailer Test Course

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Definitions

gross weight of your vehicle

The gross weight of your vehicle is the weight of your vehicle plus the maximum load your vehicle can carry as authorised by the manufacturer.  Gross weight is sometimes called MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) or Plated Weight. 

gross weight of your trailer

The gross weight of your trailer is the weight of your trailer plus the maximum load your vehicle can carry as authorised by the manufacturer. 

gross train weight

The is the combined gross weight of your vehicle and trailer together.