B+E Driving Schools
The NTTA is working closely with B+E Driving Instructors up and down the country to help take away the guesswork as to whether you can legally tow a trailer or caravan.
- Anyone who passed their driving test after 1st January 1997 will only have the “B” entitlement on their driving licence, meaning they can drive vehicles up to 3500kg Max Authorised Mass (MAM) with up to 8 seats (plus the driver), plus a trailer up to 750kg MAM.
- You can also tow heavier trailers as long as the MAM of the combination is not more than 3500kg. (For example, a Vauxhall Astra TDI (2105kg MAM) can tow a “standard” caravan (1300kg MAM) on a “B” licence)
- If you want to go (or your combination is) beyond this, you will have to take a further test to get the “+E” entitlement on your licence.
- For those who passed their driving test before 1997, they have a much less restrictive licences so can tow a combination up to 8250kg until the age of 70. (NB. The Gross Vehicle Weights stipulated by the manufacturers of the trailer and the towing vehicle must not be exceeded).
As with any driving test, it is strongly recommended you have training from a suitably qualified instructor before taking it. The NTTA have an ever-growing list of Members providing B+E Trailer Training, many of them full ADI Driving Instructors themselves.