Do you need to take a B+E Towing Test?

The Rules:

As of Autumn 2021 (date not yet announced) NO the B+E test has been retired, the rules will be.

If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 (including re-tests), due to changes in the law you will no longer be required to take a B+E test and will be able to tow a trailer up to 3,500kg (Maximum Authorised Mass)

Meaning you can use a vehicle with a MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of  up to 3,500kg to tow a trailer with MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) up to 3,500kg giving a total of 7,000kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass)

If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you will still be entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to a maximum of 8,250kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass).

How to work out your vehicle plus trailer MAM(Maximum Authorised Mass)/GVW(Gross vehicle weight)

Your vehicle and trailer’s MAM or GVW is usually found ‘plated’ somewhere on your vehicle or within your vehicle’s handbook.

Please remember Construction and Use rules still apply and your vehicle must be capable of towing the weight of your trailer for example your average family saloon/estate has a towing capacity of around 1,400kg meaning towing to the full 3,500kg is not legal

It is important to note that the MAM/GVW is based on the capability of the car and trailer combination. In reality you may not be pulling your rig at its absolute weight

However just because according to your driving licence, you can legally tow this doesn’t mean you are confident to tow, reverse, load and couple/uncouple your trailer safely.  We also offer Towing with Confidence courses at our site in Spilsby to help you to improve your towing skills even if you don’t need to pass the B+E towing test.

To book a course or to find out more information:

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