Towing Test
TOWING THE LINE - THE B+E DRIVING TEST Since 1997, all new drivers have been given a category B (car) driving licence only, which limits the weight of vehicle they can drive and trailer they can tow. If you passed your test on or after 1st January 1997, then you can drive a car and trailer so long as the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and the maximum laden weight of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, regardless of whether the trailer is loaded or not at the time. To add to the weight entitlement in order to tow trailers such as twin axle horse trailers drivers need to pass a practical category B+E (car and trailer) test. If the towing vehicle has more than eight seats, (i.e. a Landrover 110 Station wagon), unless you passed your test before 1st January 1997, you will have to take a minibus test before you can drive it, or a minibus towing test if you want to tow a horse trailer with it.   The tests take approximately one and a half hours and are conducted at DSA large goods vehicle testing centres. The fine for 'driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence' is a £1000 fine and 3 - 6 penalty points. An unlicensed driver would be unlikely to have valid insurance which carries a further fine of £5,000 and 3 - 6 penalty points. For a new driver, this could mean losing their licence altogether under the New Drivers Act and having to retake their theory and practical tests. Drivers who obtained their licence before 1997 were given full category B+E licence entitlement automatically.
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THE TEST The      test      is      split      into      2      sections,      off-road manoeuvring    and    on    road    driving.    The    off-road manoeuvring     part     has     3     exercises     -     reversing around   a   pylon   (B)   and   into   a   coned   bay   (C)   (see picture   below),   20   mph   controlled   stop   and   a   hill start.    You    will    also    be    required    to    uncouple    and couple the trailer. The   on-road   drive   lasts   about   an   hour   and   covers   a route   of   15   to   20   miles   and   looks   at   the   driver’s ability   to   control   the   longer,   heavier   combination   and to   read   the   road   well   ahead,   be   able   to   react   to hazards   in   good   time   because   of   the   extra   weight and stopping distance. (Manoeuvring Area 66mtrs x 11mtrs)