By Lewis on 30th November 2016 - View Comments

Have you just bought a caravan, boat or trailer? Well this is definitely for you. Do you know if your allowed to tow, are there any restrictions on your licence that prevent you from towing?

Holders of a provisional licence are strictly prohibited from towing any trailer.
Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997, should have entitlement B+E C1+E as listed on point 9 of the driving licence, this entitles you to drive vehicles with a G.V.W. up to 7500Kg and tow any trailer provided the combined G.V.W. of the towing vehicle and trailer is less than 8250Kg.

Drivers who passed car test after 1st January 1997, can drive a vehicle with a G.V.W. of 3500Kg with less than 8 seats.
They can also tow any trailer with G.V.W. of up to 750Kg provided:
-The G.V.W. of the towing vehicle is 2 x the G.V.W of the trailer
-The combined G.V.W. of the towing vehicle and trailer is under 3500Kg

If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 you will have to take an additional test to tow a trailer in excess of G.V.W. of 750KG

Generally most vehicle insurance policies cover third party liabilities when towing a trailer or caravan. We would always recommend additional cover is arranged for theft and contents.

No additional road fund licence is required for motor cars or light commercial vehicles towing trailers.

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