As from 20th September B+E is being stopped and a change in law will be passed (this could take several months).
When the law changes, it is expected drivers who have passed their test after 1 January 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM without taking an additional car and trailer driving test.
The DVLA will automatically update driving licence records to reflect the changes. When a driving licence is renewed, it will show the ‘BE’ category upon it. There should be no need to contact the DVLA directly to gain the updated category.
However safe towing is still a legal requirement and we expect that the Police and VOSA will carry out even more road side checks to ensure you are still safely towing and legal.
We are offering our training courses to ensure you are safe and confident just without the test at the end. Courses are half day (3 hour) and full day (6 hour).
Please go to the .gov website for advice and more information on towing trailers.
Here at RU Trailer Trained we have many years experience instructing to the highest level, in fact if you are intending to tow at all – maybe a caravan or small boat we would still recommend that you take a few training lessons to improve your driving skills and learn how to cope with any issues you may encounter such as safely reversing and how to manage in situations such as emergency braking and high cross winds.
If you would like to tow but don’t feel confident about where to start, lessons with us will set you off in the right direction and give you the essential techniques to stay safe on the road.
Do you intend to tow…
•A trailer, boat, caravan, horse-box, machinery such as a wood-chipper, or in fact anything towable that weighs in excess of 750KG?
•A vehicle and trailer or other towable item that exceeds a total weight limit of 3,500KG?
If so we can help give you the confidence to drive safely without breaking the law and invalidating your insurance.
You are still responsible to ensure you are hitched correctly and your load is safe and within legal limits.
•Discussion about safety issues and hazards encountered when towing
•Driving on single and dual carriageway roads and observations
•Being safe on the motorway and lane discipline / changing
•Making sure the trailer or equipment being towed is safe and roadworthy
•Appropriate use of mirrors and appreciating blindspots
•Encountering adverse weather and steep inclines/declines
•Braking safely, especially in an emergency situation
•Manoeuvering safely around obstacles and reversing into tight spaces
Areas we cover
RU Trailer Trained are located in the Heart of England near Coventry, ideally situated for access to the central motorway networks.
Areas we service include: Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Leicestershire, West Midlands and Staffordshire.
Covering: Coventry, Rugby, Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth, Nuneaton, Hinckley, Atherstone, Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Leicester, Solihull, Tamworth, Weedon, Daventry, Northampton, Banbury, Kettering, Wellingborough, Redditch, Worcester, Birmingham and the Midlands.