If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 and you now want to tow a caravan or certain
trailers, you may have to take another driving test.
Maximum authorised mass (MAM)
article reference is made to the maximum authorised mass (MAM) of vehicles and trailers. This should be taken to mean the
permissible maximum weight, also known as the gross vehicle weight.
Category B: Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes
MAM and with up to eight passenger seats
Category B vehicles may be coupled with a trailer up to 750kgs MAM
(allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes MAM) or a trailer over 750kgs MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed
the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes MAM.
vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.25 tonnes could
be driven by the holder of a category B entitlement. This is because the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes
and also the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle
same vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes when coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.5 tonnes
would fall within category B+E. This is because although the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer is within the 3.5
tonnes MAM limit, the MAM of the trailer is more than the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle
- Vehicle manufacturers
normally recommend a maximum weight of trailer appropriate to their vehicle. Details can usually be found in the vehicle's
handbook or obtained from car dealerships. The size of the trailer recommended for an average family car with an unladen weight
of around 1 tonne would be well within the new category B threshold.
As for towing caravans,
existing general guidance recommends that the laden weight of the caravan does not exceed 85% of the unladen weight of the
car. In the majority of cases, caravans and small trailers towed by cars should be within the new category B threshold.
exemption from the driver licensing trailer limit allows a category B licence holder to tow a broken down vehicle from a position
where it would otherwise cause danger or obstruction to other road users.
By passing a category B test national categories
F (tractor), K (pedestrian controlled vehicle) and P (moped) continue to be added automatically.
B+E: Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM towing trailers over 750kgs MAM
Category B+E allows vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes
MAM to be combined with trailers in excess of 750kgs MAM. In order to gain this entitlement new category B licence holders
have to pass a further practical test for category B+E. There is no category B+E theory test. For driver licensing purposes
there are no vehicle/trailer weight ratio limits for category B+E.
Where you can take your Practical Test:
West Sussex, Rookley Ventnor (IOW), Southampton, Hampshire, Guildford Surrey, Greenham Newbury Berkshire.
How to Book your Practical Test.
Click on the Links Page on the left
Telephone: 0300 200
Opened from: 0800hrs to 1800hrs Monday to Friday
Allow 9 weeks.
Cost ( Payable to the D.S.A.):
Practical Test: Car & Trailer £115.00
( Summer Evening Weekends £141.00)
What you need to
bring to your test
Documents you must bring
You must bring the following documents with you. If you do not bring
the right documents:
- the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) may refuse to carry out the test
- you may lose your
For all types of tests
You do not need to pass an additional theory and Hazard
perception test if you have already passed one for your Car Practical Driving Test.
You must bring both
parts of your driving licence - the photocard and the paper counterpart.
If you have an old-style paper licence, you
must take your signed driving licence and you must also bring a valid passport.
No other form of photographic identification
will be accepted.
The rules for vehicles used for driving test.
must be fitted with the following:
- an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner
vehicle you use for your test must:
- have four wheels
- be capable of reaching at least 62.5 miles per hour
(mph) or 100 kilometres per hour (km/h)
- be fitted with a speedometer that measures speed in mph
- have no warning
lights showing - for example, the airbag warning light
- display L-plates ('L' or 'D' plates in Wales)
on the front and rear, but not interfering with yours or the examiner's view
- have a maximum authorised mass (MAM)
of no more than 3,500 kilograms (kg)
MAM is the maximum weight of the vehicle including the maximum load that
can be carried safely while used on the road. This is also known as 'gross vehicle weight'.
the vehicle needs to have by law
The vehicle you use must:
- be appropriately insured
a valid tax disc
- be legal and roadworthy and have a current MOT if it needs one
- be a smoke-free environment
the vehicle must be fitted with for the examiner
The vehicle must be fitted with:
- a seatbelt for
- a passenger head restraint - it doesn't need to be adjustable, but must be an integral part of the
seat as 'slip on' types aren't allowed
- an interior rear-view mirror for the examiner to use.
rules for the car and trailer or caravan combination
The combination of the car and trailer or caravan must
- a car not carrying any goods or burden
- a trailer or caravan not carrying any goods or burden, with
a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of at least one tonne
The examiner may ask for evidence of the trailer's MAM -
for example, the manufacturer's plate.