What you can tow?

The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test. View your driving licence information to see if you’re allowed to tow. Licences issued from 19 January 2013.

If you passed your car driving test on or after 19 January 2013 you can:
  1. drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  2. tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

MAM is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded. You have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.

If you wish to tow a caravan or trailer combination which exceeds these weight limits, you will need to pass an additional driving test for the B+E classification. The Car and Trailer Test lasts for approximately one hour. The towing test element (B+E) is based on a number of elements including: Safety questions on the vehicle, driving on the Highway, uncoupling and coupling of the trailer and an off-road reverse manoeuvre.

Your practical test will include about ten minutes of independent driving. Without proper training the B+E test will be very difficult to pass, which is where we come in with DVSA qualified instruction using your own equipment or our vehicle and trailer if you prefer.

Licences issued before 19 January 2013

If you passed your car test before 19 January 2013 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination of any weight MAM. View your driving licence information to check.

You can confitm your eligability by age and licence by checking with the Government's Towing Rules tool here.