B+E / Car & Trailer Training in Norwich & Norfolk

Car licence pre 1 January 1997

All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers until their licence expires. This means they are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (MAM). They also have entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750 kgs MAM.

Car licence after 1 January 1997

Drivers who passed a car test on or after 1 January 1997 are limited to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum authorised mass towing a trailer up to 750 kgs, or a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM providing the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle. These drivers will need to pass an additional driving test in B+E if they wish to tow a caravan or trailer combination which exceeds these weight limits.

The car and trailer practical driving test

The car and trailer test (B+E) is based on the lorry driving test and lasts for approximately one and a half hours. Please note that B+E tests are conducted at vocational (bus and lorry) driving test centres.

The B+E test includes vehicle safety questions, an off-road reverse manoeuvre, uncoupling and coupling of the trailer (when re-coupling the trailer this should be done as if it was a different trailer, and include all the relevant safety checks) and driving on the road. You will not be expected to include motorway driving as part of the practical test. (You may practice on the motorway as B+E is a sub-cateogry and you already hold a full licence).

You will not be expected to reverse round a corner, reverse parking or turn in the road.

The off-road reverse manoeuvre is normally done at the start of the test. The uncoupling and recoupling of the trailer is normally done at the end of the test.

During the test you can make up to 15 minor faults with no serious or dangerous faults.

Skills in Logistics recommend that you have an assessment drive for approximately 2 hours with one of our experienced instructors who will determine the amount of training you require. If you take up the recommended hours with us for your training.

B+E The Law

Norfolk Constabulary have given us the following detail in regard to not having the correct classes on your driving licence:

The consequences of being stopped or being involved in an accident are as follows: Between 3 and 6 penalty points on your licence, a maximum fine of £1,000.00, the possibility of your vehicle being impounded and paying a release fee of £200.00. There is also the issue of your car insurance and you making a false declaration.

Please see terms and conditions.

Visit our Policies and Procedures page for more details.

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