IF YOU OBTAINED YOUR CAR LICENCE BEFORE JANUARY 1ST 1997 YOU WILL ALREADY HAVE THE B+E ENTITLEMENT
If you passed your driving test after the 1st January 1997 you will need to pass a trailer towing test to get the E category on your licence. This allows you to tow caravans or trailers over 750kg, or a maximum loaded weight of under 3500kg combined loaded weight for the car and trailer.
The loaded weight for the car can be found on the vehicles log book and the loaded weight for the trailer or caravan will be plated on the 'A' frame or trailer itself. Without your towing licence you would be restricted to a smaller trailer of up to 750kg. This means that anyone under the age of 34 in 2013 would most likely have to pass this test or anyone that has not held a full car licence for 16 years in 2013.
Most people and companies are still unaware of this and are therefore towing illegally, which means they will not be insured. This can result in a driving ban if stopped by the police or even worse, if an accident did occur you personally would be liable for any damages, as your insurance would not be valid. V.O.S.A also have patrol vehicles regularly checking weights and licences.
We have our own cars and trailers that meet all the requirements of the D.S.A in size, weight and load for you to use for your training and test.
We can replicate the off road manoeuvres that you will be required to pass for the D.S.A. test, and the coupling and uncoupling of the trailer, without being distracted.
Located Wolverhampton we are able to provide trailer training to clients in Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and most of the Midlands. We can provide an instructor and trailer to companies for the session so that drivers can be assessed for their requirements or for group training.
The main part of the test is on the road so your normal driving will have to be to a high standard and this will be assessed before any trailer training will be started, and any problems will be addressed.
This is considered a professional qualification and the test will be at Featherstone.
Your standard of driving will have to be a lot higher than the normal ‘L’ test.
Because of the trailer you will have to demonstrate advanced planning skills and vehicle control on the road. You will be on the road for the exam for approximately 50 minutes. The whole test will take just over an hour and a half to complete.
You must show that you fully understand the principles of the reversing manoeuvres and can complete these successfully on site. You will need to perform a controlled stop on site as well as reversing manoeuvres before going out on the road with the trailer attached. You must be able to couple & uncouple the trailer and make all the relevant safety checks .
You will also have to answer five B + E safety questions at the start of the test, a driver fault will be recorded for each incorrect answer to a maximum of four driving faults. If you answer all five incorrectly a serious fault will be recorded. We will provide a list of questions for you to revise from at home, also your instructor will go through them with you so you fully understand all aspects as part of your training.