Driving licence :
All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence expires. This means they are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes MAM. They also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.
Drivers who hold subcategory C1+E – limited to 8.25 tonnes MAM, may apply for provisional entitlement to the new subcategory C1+E, in order to take and pass the test which will increase their combined vehicle and trailer entitlement to 12 tonnes MAM. It is not necessary to gain subcategory C1 entitlement first
but drivers have to meet higher medical standards, and pass both the category C theory test and the subcategory C1+E practical test.
Drivers who passed a car test on or after 1 January 1997 are required to pass an additional driving test in order to gain entitlement to category B+E and all larger vehicles. In addition to the new
4driving tests, drivers of vehicles which fall within subcategories C1, C1+E, D1 and D1+E also have to meet higher medical standards.
There is no extra to pay...
Private vehicles (weighting less 3500 kg of gross weight) does not require additional road tax, even for carrying goods.
Most policies will cover you to tow a trailer (at least 3rd party).
But you must check the the police carefully. Additional insurance must be arranged in order to cover theft and other damages.
Number plate :
The trailer must be fitted with a number plate bearing the same one as its towing vehicle.
Plates must be approved.
The towing speed must be exceed:
- 50 MPH on road
- 60 MPH on motorways
Make sure your load is securely stowed.
See =>Payload calculations