Are You Towing a Trailer Legally?

Have you passed your driving test within the last 12 years? Do you hold a Category B+E Licence?

Drivers who passed the car exam on or after January 1, 1997 are required to pass an additional driving test and have a special category B+E and all larger vehicle licence in order to tow large trailers. 8 passenger seat vehicles or those up to 3.5 tonnes MAM (Category B) can be coupled with a trailer up to a Maximum Authorised Mass of 750kgs or a combined weight of up to 4.25 tonnes, or a trailer over 750kgs Maximum Authorised Mass as long as it does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle or a combination of both not exceeding the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of 3.5 tonnes.

Drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence expires. This means they are in general, authorised to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of 8.25 tonnes.

For drivers who passed the Category B drivers test from January 19, 2013 can tow vehicles 750kg below or a car and trailer combination not exceeding the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of 3.5 tonnes.

For those who want to tow trailers with heavier combinations, you will need a C1 +E provisional entitlement and you are required to pass the C1 +E Theory test and Practical test

 

Proper trailer towing setup and maintenance

The key to a successfully towing a trailer is by learning the proper setup and maintenance needed before starting. So before you head out the road, check that your truck and trailer are roadworthy.  Additionally, all equipments required for towing a trailer must meet the safety standards to ensure a safer towing trip for the driver as well as other traffic users.