Find out if you need to take the towing test

What information do I need?

1.  The manufacturer's stated unladen weight of your vehicle.

2.  The manufacturer's stated gross weight of your 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. 

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

4.  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 vehicle can carry as authorised by the manufacturer. 

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 

vehicle VIN plate

 

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

 

 

 

What do I need to do with this information?

Check that the gross train weight of your vehicle and trailer is 3500kg or below. 

Now you are ready to find out if you need a B+E licence or not

If the gross weight of your trailer is less than the unladen weight of your car AND the gross train weight of your vehicle and trailer is 3500kg or below, then you do not need to take the B+E test.

However, if the gross weight of your trailer is less than the unladen weight of your car AND the gross train weight of your vehicle and trailer is over 3500kg, you will need to take a B+E test unless you are covered by the exception noted below.

Exception If your trailer has a gross weight of 750kg or below and your  towing vehicle has a gross laden weight of 3500kg or below, then you can still tow legally without a B+E licence.

"In a recent prosecution case a driver convicted of towing a trailer without the correct licence was given 6 penalty points on the licence and an £800 fine."

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