Car & Trailer

B+E Trailer Towing Training

Erne Training offer B+E towing training for the car and trailer test to companies and individuals who require the B+E category adding to their licence. We have a proven track record and a high first time pass rate.

The Vaughan are now offering a £100 grant upon completion of course  http://www.vaughantrust.com/

We conduct B+E trailer training and health & safety duty of care training for individuals and companies including amongst others:

If you passed your driving test after the 1st January 1997 (including re-tests) you must pass a practical category B+E test to tow a trailer which exceeds 750kg on a vehicle weighing 3,500kg; or vehicle and trailer/caravan/horsebox combination over 3,500kg.

The standard “B” licence will allow you to tow a combination (vehicle and trailer) with a Gross Train Weight (GTW) which does not exceed 3,500kg providing that the MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.

All B+E courses include the use of our vehicle and trailer for B+E training and test purposes. Training for the test exercises is conducted at our own private full size training area.

The B+E trailer towing test is based on the LGV driving test and lasts for approximately 75 minutes.

The B+E test consists of the following requirements:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive
  • Uncoupling and recoupling

It is important to note that whilst you must be capable of carrying out the manoeuvres and exercises with the trailer, the driving part of the test is carried out up to the LGV driving test standard, therefore assessment and training will cover on-road driving to help ensure your general driving is beyond/above the required standard.

When deciding on a B+E towing course option it is important to be honest with yourself regarding your abilities, especially with reversing. If you have no experience of reversing a trailer then the 3 day B+E Towing Course allows more time to perfect your manoeuvring skills, therefore increasing your chances of passing on your first attempt. Consider the extra cost involved if you require a re-test.

  • B+E Trailer towing Commercial or Individual Two or Three Day Course available.
  • Trailer Handling – Half and Full Day
  • Duty of Care Health and Safety Towing Courses
  • Fleet towing assessments
  • Courses can be tailored to suit the individual company requirements

The majority of people who fail the B+E Test do so because their road driving skills do not meet the required standard.

Important Legislative Information:

B+E entitlement, driving licence rules change from January 2013

B+E entitlement rules from January 2013

From January 19th 2013 there are new rules for towing trailers with a car or small vehicle (cat B). Essentially from this date when you pass the B+E test the trailer you tow cannot be heavier than 3500kg, this refers to the plated weight (MAM) of the trailer, regardless of the Actual Laden Weight (ALW) when being towed, visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/DG_201202for more information

Therefore if the trailer you tow has a Maximum Authorised Mass (plated weight) over 3500kg you will legally require category C1+E (7.5t plus trailer) to tow this trailer with a cat B vehicle.

For the vast majority of B+E drivers this will not be an issue as there are no cat B vehicles we are aware of that are legal to tow over 3500kg, and the trailer, caravan or horsebox that most people use will not be plated at more than 3500kg.  Where the trailer being used is plated at more than 3500kg e.g a cattle trailer, then if it is only being used behind a cat B vehicle then consideration would need to be made for it to be down-rated and a new weight plate fitted for anyone passing their B+E test after 19th January 2013.

Anyone passing the B+E test before this date will be able to tow on the current rules e.g within the manufacturers stated towing limits for that vehicle, there is no consideration regarding the plated weight (MAM) of the trailer provided the Actual Laden Weight (ALW) does not exceed the towing capabilities of the vehicle.

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