B+E Car and Trailer courses
August 20, 2025
If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can: Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM or 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. A common misconception is that if you have a 3.5t van, you can put a 3.5 tonne load in the back, not the case)
You have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier such as a horsebox or caravan.
Having passed your B+E driving test you can drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg with a trailer. The size of the trailer depends on the BE ‘valid from’ date shown on your licence. If the date is before 19 January 2013, you can tow any size trailer on or after 19 January 2013, you can tow a trailer with a MAM of up to 3,500kg.