Do you need to take a B+E Towing Test?
If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 (including re-tests), you must pass a practical category B+E towing test to;
a) Tow a trailer which exceeds 750kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) where the total MAM weight of your vehicle + trailer/horsebox/caravan is greater than 3,500kg
b) Tow using a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg or over, even if your trailer’s MAM is less than 750kg.
If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you are entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to a maximum of 8,250kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass).
To find out quickly and easily whether you need to take a B+E towing test simply use out interactive tool below. Answer the questions by clicking the answer to the question for you.
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.
a) If the trailer MAM is greater than 750kg and the total MAM of vehicle+ trailer combined exceeds 3500kg you need to check your licence to make sure you have B+E towing rights. If you don’t you will need to take a B+E towing test.
b) If the trailer MAM is less than 750kg but the vehicle MAM is more than 3,500kg again you need to check your licence. If you do not have B+E towing rights than you will need to take a B+E towing test.
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 but nonetheless, if the combined plated MAM of your rig exceeds 3500kg and your driving licence states that you do not have B+E towing rights then a test is required.
Examples of typical vehicle + trailer weights
|Vehicle||Vehicle MAM(kg- typical)||Trailer Type||Trailer MAM(kg)||Total MAM of vehicle + trailer combined||Test required?*|
|Land Rover Discovery|
|4 Berth Caravan**||1500|
|Hyundai Santa Fe|
|* On a post January 1997 licence
** Based on Elddis Avante 550 4 Berth MAM
***Based on Ifor Williams HB403 Horsebox MAM
**** Based on Ifor Williams Q6b Trailer MAM
***** Based on Ifor Williams P6e on 20.5x8x10 tyres MAM
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.