A lot of people assume that once they pass their driving test, they’ve obtained the only driving licence available. However, if you wish to tow a trailer with your vehicle there is a variety of different licences depending on the weight of the trailer, that you must acquire before you can do so.
There are many different categories on a driving licence, most of which need additional training and extra tests to pass. If you have gained these extra categories then you have an ‘entitlement’ for that type of vehicle, allowing you to drive it.
Here at 2 Start, we have a wide range of different trailer training courses available, all of which will teach you the right skills and knowledge that you need to pass your test.
In a lot of cases, the different categories cover towing different size trailers with different vehicles. There are a number of different categories, that give you different entitlements to what you can and can’t tow which makes it extremely difficult to know just exactly what you can/can’t do with your licence. Do you know what entitlements you have on your licence? Or what you’re able to tow?
The first step into achieving any extra categories on your driving licence is to pass your category B driving test, which will allow you to drive vehicles up to 3,500 kgs. Additionally, if you have already passed your car driving test, you may or may not be entitled to drive vehicles over this weight:
If you passed your Category B tests before 1st January 1997:
- you are entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination with a MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of up to 8,250 kgs.
- -You are also able to drive a minibus with a trailer with over 750kg MAM
If you passed your category B test on or after 1st January 1997
- You are only entitled to drive vehicles with a MAM of up to 3,500 kgs with up to 8 passenger seats.
- You can also tow heavier trailers if the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer is not more than 3,500kg.
If you achieved a category B licence after 1st January 1997, you will be able to start training for your category B+E licence. The B+E licence allows you to drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kgs with a trailer.
The ‘valid from’ date which is shown on your licence will determine what size trailer you can tow:
- Before 19th January 2013, you can tow any sized trailer.
- On or after 19th January 2013, you can tow a trailer with a MAM up to 3,500 kgs.
Achieving a category C1 entitlement will allow you to drive any vehicles with a MAM between 3,500kgs and 7,500kgs, with a trailer up to 750kg.
If you want to tow a trailer over 750kgs, the next step from achieving your C1 licence is to obtain your C1+E which will allow you to drive any C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kgs. However, the combined MAM of the vehicle and trailer can’t be over 12,000kgs.
Categories C & C+E
Once you have got your CAT C licence, you are entitled to drive vehicles over 3,500kgs with a trailer that has a MAM of up to 750kgs.
Achieving your CAT C+E licence will first require you to obtain your CAT C. The C+E licence will allow you to drive trailers over 750kgs.
If you hold a Category D licence this means you can drive any bus that has more than 8 passenger seats with a trailer up to 750kgs.
A category D+E licence will allow you to drive any category D vehicles with a trailer over 750kgs.
Call in now to enquire about Category D+E courses on 02392 123555.
If you take a D1 course, you will work towards passing your minibus licence, which will allow you to drive vehicles with:
- 16 passenger seats or less
- Minimum length of 5 metres
- A trailer up to 750kgs
A category D1+E licence will enable you to drive D1 category vehicles with a trailer that has a MAM of over 750kgs. Although, similar to the C1+E licence the combined MAM of the vehicle and trailer cannot be over 12,000kgs.
Here at 2 Start, we provide driver training courses for all the different categories covered in this article, that cater to different requirements and confidence levels. If you choose to train with 2 Start, you will be taught by highly trained professionals who are committed to helping you pass your course with a high standard.