SCHOOL OF MOTORING

Serving Medway towns and the Hoo Peninsula

Tel: 01634 254997

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Trailer Training

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

If you passed your driving test after the 1st January 1997 you will need to pass a trailer towing test to get the E category on your licence. This will entitle you to tow a combined gross weight up to 7000Kg.

Who needs to take the B+E test?

Anyone who wants to tow a trailer or caravan with a weight above the entitlement gained from taking a driving test in a car (Category B). This would include caravan owners, horse-box owners, boat owners Council and utilities personnel.  In order to gain this entitlement, category B driving licence holders have to pass a further practical test for B+E. (There is no Theory test).


If you passed your driving test
before January 1997 then it is possible that you will not need to take a test for B+E entitlement as long as you are not towing a combined gross weight of more than 7000kg. However if a driver has had to take a retest they will have lost their entitlement to tow larger trailer combinations and will need to take the B+E test.

To find out if you need to take the towing test you will need the following information:


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

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

Where can I find this information?

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.

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.

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