What exhibition trailer can I tow on my licence? Are you thinking of towing an exhibition trailer but not sure whether your licence covers you? We often get asked this type of question, so here we give you some basic advice on towing exhibition units, with links for further information to help steer you in the right direction.
1. Check your licence permits you to tow an exhibition trailer.
Basically, this all depends on when you passed your driving test. The following details what you can tow on your licence
Licences held from 19th January 2013
If your licence was issued from 19th January 2013 and you passed a category B (car and small vehicle) test then you can tow:
- Small trailers (up to 750kg)
- Trailers weighing more than 750kg – as long as combined towing vehicle and trailer weight isn’t more than 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM)
To be able to tow an exhibition trailer weighing more than 750kg (when combined weight of towing vehicle and trailer is over 3,500kg) you will need to pass a further test and get B + E entitlement on your licence.
Licences held from 1st January 1997
If you’ve held your licence from 1st January 1997 and have a category B (car) licence then you can drive:
- A vehicle with a MAM of up to 3,500kg towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (combined weight up to 4,250kg)
- A trailer over 750kg MAM that weighs no more than the unladen, ‘kerb’ weight of the towing vehicle. The combined weight should be no more than 3,500kg in total.
Licences held before 1st January 1997
If you passed your test before 1st January 1997, you are entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combined up to 8.25 tonnes MAM.
This weight of vehicle or trailer includes the maximum load that can be carried safely when it’s in use on the road.
With this licence you’re also entitled to drive a minibus with trailer over 750 kg MAM
The following link gives more details on exactly what your licence permits you to drive: