Are you licensed to tow a caravan?
All this depends on when you passed your driving test. Plus, it depends on how heavy your car, caravan or trailer tent are.
Drivers who passed their test before 1997 were issued with a “B+E licence”, allowing them to tow a combined Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of car and trailer up to 8,250 kg.
But younger caravanners or trailer tent owners who passed their driving after 1997 will have an ordinary B (car) licence which imposes tighter restrictions. This limits towing to smaller and lighter trailers. Here’s what B licence holders can do:
- Drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
- Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg
So, if you’re an 80s or 90s child with a family caravan then it’s worth checking the weight of your tow car and your driving licence to make sure you’re licensed to tow. And if you want to tow a caravan or trailer weighing more than 750kg and the combined weight of this and your tow car is more than 3,500kg then you’ll need to take a category B+E driving test.
In this video, we go through what’s involved in the B+E test with ex-police offer and Towing Solutions instructor, Frank.
An incorrect driving licence could land you with a fine of up to £1,000 and three to six points on your licence.
It can be a bit of a mindfield so it’s worth speaking to your caravan dealership or manufacturer to check you’re towing legally or check out www.towcar.info
You can also find out more about the car and trailer test here: https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/car-trailer-practical-test