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All car licence holders after January 1997 are now required to take another test to enable them to tow any trailers.

Trailer Training. We offer B+E, C1+E, D1+E and Caravan Towing Courses in Sussex & Kent

All car licence holders after January 1997 are now required to take another test to enable them to tow any trailers.

The test is not just about reversing, it is similar to your car driving test but with a trailer attached, similar to the LGV licence lasting approximately 1 hour to include 15 minutes of independent driving.

  • Cars or Vans B+E
  • Light Goods Vehicles C1+E
  • Minibuses D1+E
Woman passing trailer testCar Licences obtained after January 1997 have NO ACQUIRED RIGHTS and will be restricted to 4.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass, vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes + trailer of 750kgs.

From January 2013 new licences are further restricted to a maximium authorised mass of 3.5 tonnes to include the trailer of 750kgs.

You will need to pass an additional driving test if you need to tow a trailer which exceeds these limits.

see also our towing website at

www.towingtraining.co.uk

Man passing trailer testLight Goods Vehicles and Trailers

You can usually tow a trailer up to 750kgs with this vehicle, although there are different limits depending what drivers licence you hold and when you first passed the driving test?

If you hold acquired or grandfather rights, usually on licences issued before 1997 and want to tow larger trailers you will need to take a further test for this.

You can now check your driver’s licence categories online, this will detail any provisional entitlements listed and you will NOT need to take any theory tests!

With previous experience you should be at an acceptable standard already and require a minimum of training to be ready for the DVSA test, sessions start from 4 hours and can be added to if required.

TrailerMinibuses and Trailers

You can usually tow a trailer up to 750kgs with this vehicle, although there are different limits depending what drivers licence you hold and when you first passed the driving test?

If you hold acquired or grandfather rights, usually on licences issued before 1997 and want to tow larger trailers you will need to take a further test for this.

You can now check your licence entitlements online if you are not sure what provisional entitlements you may have, and you will NOT need to take any theory tests!

CaravanRefresher Training.

These courses are for car drivers who would like to update their skills or have some refresher training.

Reversing any trailer correctly and with ease is an acquired skill and like most things practice makes perfect.

Our instructors will guide you from the basics to be able to reverse competently, safely and without the fear of ‘somebody’ watching for your mistakes!

Our comprehensive training sessions will give you the confidence you always wanted but were too embarrassed to ask for help.

Training sessions are 4 hours duration and can be available for your personal requirements, training is available for on road driving as well as reversing on our off road practice area, please ask customer services for further details.

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Qualification Guide
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Driving licences will have provisional entitlement already, B+E
No theory tests required
Check tow bar and electrics are working correctly.
Spare oblong number plate required for trailer
DVSA test is arranged for you

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35 hours of Periodic Training is now required by all LGV & PCV drivers every five years to continue driving professionally.

Can I Tow a Trailer?

If this is all a little too much and you are confused give us a call and we will ask a few questions and tell you exactly what you need.

This all depends on when you passed your driving test and also the weight of your vehicle and the trailer / caravan being towed.

If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you can drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg and tow normal caravans and trailers as the B+E category was included when you took your test.  However the trailer being towed must be within the towing limit of the towing vehicle.

If you passed your test on or after the date 1st January 1997 and before 19th January 2013 things get more complex as the test only covered category B which means you can drive the following under a normal car licence but must pass an additional test to gain a B+E licence.

  1. Drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg ( Maximum Authorised Mass )
  2. Tow trailers more than 750kg if the combined weight of trailer and car is less than 3,500kg
  3. Tow a trailer up to 750kg

If you passed your Cat B+E on or after the 19th January 2013
If you passed your B+E test on or after this date you will have to take a further test for category C1+E which covers medium-sized goods vehicles with trailers.

Can I Tow a Caravan?

Again your entitlement to tow a caravan varies and depends on when you passed your test see the above regulations.

How Long Does Training Take

This is dependent on the drivers experience and ability but an average course is one session that offers general driving + reversing skills brush up. The test is not just about reversing, it is similar to your car driving test but with a trailer attached. Your test will be carried out in your own vehicle so this reduces the time that can be taken up by getting used to new vehicles and enables you to demonstrate previously acquired driving skills. We supply trailers and ancillary equipment required.

Trailer Training & Towing Courses

We offer trailer training & caravan towing courses across Sussex & Kent to assist you in gaining your trailer licence.
We offer B+E, C1+E, D1+E and Caravan Towing Training.

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Why Choose Us For Your Driver Training?

Modern Fleet of Vehicles

Our modern fleet of vehicles are regularly maintained, comfortable, easy to drive, and make licence acquisition a pleasure.

Quality Tuition

Our fully qualified Instructors will ensure you receive quality tuition for all categories of training.

Ideally Situated

Driver Training Centre is situated next door to the DVSA driving test centre at Hastings and provides easy access for any tests.Driver Training Centre has the resources and experience to deliver our customers requirements.