B+E Trailer Training and Assessments
UPDATE: Currently, the DVSA are not running B+E testing, pending a change to the law which has been postponed indefinitely. Drivers who do not hold the B+E entitlement can neither tow a B+E rated combination, nor can they apply for a test to get one. We aim to update our customers as soon as we are aware of any change to this situation, but until then only current B+E licence holders can tow trailers over 750kg or braked combinations lower than 3.5t.
During this period of uncertainty, we are able to run vocational assessments for companies who have B+E licence holders, and wish to assess their competency, as well as providing training for those who hold the licence, but have never towed. Courses and towing assessments can be undertaken using your vehicles and trailers, and concentrate on the safety essentials of manoeuvring, coupling and uncoupling and professional driving.
Our courses can be run from any venue, or we have access to a site where we have the facilities to practice the reversing manoeuvre and off-road exercises at a pace which suits you.
With some of the most well qualified professional trainers, including 'A' grade DVSA Approved Driving Instructors with vocational experience throughout agriculture and industry, we can assure you that you are receiving the very best training available.
Costs for training vary, depending upon requirements and duration. Contact us for offers and details, but here is an example of our trailer training prices:
Two day course - £500+VAT per candidate, with discounts for groups.
One day course - £250+VAT per candidate, with discounts for groups.
For drivers who already hold the B+E category, but require familiarisation and vocational training either with an employers' combination or with ours (we can provide larger vehicles and commercial trailers for those operators who anticipate using heavier rigs), we provide the Lantra Awards on and off-road trailer handling courses. Aimed at assisting employers in complying with their H&S duties, as well as managing the higher road risk associated with trailer use, we have a huge amount of experience that we can put at your disposal.
As the law has not yet changed, the following information is still correct:
Who needs to take the B+E test, or hold the B+E licence category
Drivers who have passed their test after 1997 will not have the B+E category on their driving licence (if you check your photo ID card, on the reverse is a list of entitlements - check whether B+E is listed).
With a category B licence, drivers can still tow a 750kg trailer behind any category B vehicle (up to 3.5tonnes MAM). Where the trailer is heavier than 750kg, the combined MAM of the towing car and that of the trailer must not exceed 3.5tonnes. If you need any clarification about towing limits, please get in touch, or have a look at: https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/driving-licence-rules-and-what-you-can-tow.
What if I have B+E on my licence, but have never towed?
Many drivers who gained their licence before 1997 will hold the trailer licence category, but may want to learn how to tow safely and legally. We provide a range of training courses, from a simple familiarisation course covering loading, hitching and manoeuvring, right through to vocational certification of skills both on and off-road. If you're unsure about what you need, we are happy to advise, and provide training either using our vehicles or with your combination.
Can I learn and take the test in an automatic?
Yes, though unlike with higher licence categories, if you take your B+E test in an auto, you will be restricted to driving an automatic whenever you are towing a trailer which brings the train into the B+E category (code '78' will follow your B+E entitlement on the back of your ID card), even if you've passed a manual category B test. We can provide automatic vehicles for B+E training through our colleagues at Automatic Newton Abbot.
For more information about our B+E trailer training courses in Exeter, and across Devon, please contact us: