B+E Trailer Towing Training


Diamond Driver 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. For 2019 we achieved an 83% first time pass rate for courses taken. Our overall pass rate for all tests conducted from the DVSA 0221 summary 2018/2019 was 86.5%. The national average was 71%.

Diamond Driver Training is a DVSA Authorised Test Centre – training and tests are conducted at our training centre in Newark by a DVSA LGV Examiner, adjacent to Newark Showground. Ideally situated for the Lincoln, Grantham, Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas.

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

~ BT PLC; Saint Gobain; RAC; Western Power Distribution; Blue Cross; Brandon Hire PLC; Continental Landscapes; RAIB; UPM; Local councils throughout Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire~

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 category B vehicle (weighing up to 3,500kg); or vehicle and trailer/caravan/horsebox combination over 3,500kg MAM. (or C1E test if the trailer MAM exceeds 3500kg)

MAM- is the limit on how much the vehicle or trailer can weigh when it is fully loaded

MAM can also be know as:  GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight, GVM – Gross Vehicle Mass, MPW – Maximum permissible weight, MTPLM – Maximum technical permissible mass

All B+E courses include the use of our vehicle and trailer for B+E training and test purposes. Training and test for the car and trailer test is conducted at our own private DVSA authorised training and test centre.

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 one of our beginner B+E Towing Courses allow 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
  • 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:

Driving licence rules change from January 2013
Operator Licence Rules
Tachograph Rules

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 or maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the trailer, regardless of the Actual Laden Weight (ALW) when being towed, visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/DG_201202 for more information

MAM- is the limit on how much the vehicle or trailer can weigh when it is fully loaded

MAM can also know as:  GVW – Gross Vehicle Weight, GVM – Gross Vehicle Mass, MPW – Maximum permissible weight, MTPLM – Maximum technical permissible mass

Therefore if the trailer you tow has a MAM (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.

Category B Licence

The standard B licence will allow you to tow a trailer up to 750kg MAM* (allowing a combined weight up to 4250kg MAM) or a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle does not exceed 3500kg MAM

If you wish to tow anything heavier you will need to pass the B+E test (or C1E test if the trailer MAM exceeds 3500kg)

Operator licence rules

From the 4th December 2011 the rules regarding towing small trailers changed in respect of requiring an Operators Licence. Historically trailers with an unladen weight of less than 1020kg behind a cat B 3500kg vehicle did not fall under Operator Licence rules even if the combination of vehicle and trailer exceeded 3500kg.

This has now changed for any vehicle and trailer combination being used for Hire or Reward when the vehicle and trailer combination exceeds 3500kg, however there are certain exemptions:

If you are not operating for Hire or Reward
If you are using a dual purpose vehicle i.e 4×4, car, estate or pickup truck, with a second row of seats and an unladen weight below 2040kg
For more information on this legislation you can download an information leaflet from small-trailer-leaflet.pdf

Tachograph Rules

For any cat B vehicle and trailer combinations exceeding 3500kg as a Train Weight which is being used for Hire or Reward then consideration must be made to driver’s hours and tachograph rules.

There are certain exemptions under domestic rules i.e equipment and materials for the drivers own use and used within a 50km distance of the base of operations providing driving does not constitute the drivers main activity.

To clarify whether you feel you may fall under tachograph rules more information can be obtained by downloading the VOSA publication from www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/publications/manualsandguides/drivershoursandtachographguides.htm

Professional heavy goods vehicle training for LGV C1-7.5tonne & C1+E, LGV C+CE, LGV C (Rigid) tuition, C+E (articulated) tuition, LGV driving test tuition training and development for LGV/HGV C & C+E in the Derbyshire, Nottingham and East Midlands areas.