With Devon having many rural farming areas the necessity to have a Trailer License is significantly higher compared to other areas of the UK. We specialise in delivering quality Trailer Tuition in the South West. Our Trailer Driving Instructors are fully qualified and have many years experience.
If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997, you may now need to pass a separate test (license category B+E) to tow a trailer, horse box or caravan weighing over 750kg MAM, and where the MAM of the combination of towing vehicles in category B and trailer exceeds 3500kg. To obtain this license there is no minimum age, however a driving license is required.
NB: MAM Is the maximum Authorised Mass, also known as the gross vehicle weight. It’s the weight of the trailer plus the weight of the maximum permitted payload.
Introduction to the Car and Trailer B+E Test
B+E is the DVSA practical driving test for car and trailer. No medical examination or additional theory test is required. The test is regarded by the DVSA as the first step to driving Large Goods Vehicles and is examined accordingly. The duration of the test is an hour and a half.
The practical driving test takes the candidate through a number of different disciplines and exercises. These include a reversing exercise, coupling and uncoupling.
In addition to the trailer maneuvering exercises the candidate must show the examiner competency on the highway including junctions, roundabouts, lane control, mirror routines, hill starts, downhill starts, angled starts etc. At some point during the test you will be asked a number of preset questions called ‘show me, tell me’ which must be answered either verbally or practically demonstrated.
Successfully passing this test allows a driver to tow a trailer up to a gross weight (trailer plus load) of 3500kg. This means a vehicle and trailer with a gross train weight of 7,500kg or 8,250kg (7,500Kg vehicle plus a maximum 750Kg trailer).
The test is conducted by an Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Examiner.
We are one of the preferred Trailer Training Centres for the NFU in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.