Category B+E Licence, also known as car and trailer.

The rules for towing a trailer behind a category B (vehicle up to 3500kgs).

If you passed your car test on, or after 1st January 1997 and want to tow a trailer, you may need to take a test to do so!

The category B licence entitles you to drive a vehicle up to 3500kgs. This category will allow you to tow a trailer as long as the combination weight does not exceed 3500kgs (read combination weight explained below) or if the towing vehicle has a Maximum Authorized Mass (MAM) of 3500kgs the trailer must not exceed 750kgs.

3500kgs combination weight explained

Licences issued from 19 January 2013

From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:

  • small trailers weighing no more than 750kg
  • a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)

If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.

You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

Licences held from 1st January 1997

If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can:

  • drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

At JLD Driver Training our standard B+E course is 3 days long with the test on 3rd day. When looking for car and trailer training it makes sense to train with people who are experienced with trailers, so who better than qualified instructors who train people to drive 44 tonne lorries?

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