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Trailer B+E Test Preparation Course
Have you passed your Driving Test since January 1997?
If you are considering towing a large trailer, boat, horsebox or large caravan you are not legally allowed to tow trailers e.t.c with a gross laden weight or MAM - (maximum authorised mass) exceeding 750kg and you will have to take the Category B+E Trailer Test. This includes most horseboxes, large boats, caravans e.t.c
WARNING - By towing in excess of this weight your insurance is not valid !!!!!If you have been towing a large trailer, boat, horsebox or large caravan and you do NOT have the correct entitlement (Category B+E)) on your licence, you are running the risk of 9 points on your licence, and a fine. 3 points for 'no category'. 6 points for 'no insurance'.
There could also be a fine of £400+
Trailer B+E Test Preparation Course
The course is 1 1/2 days long with the test on the second day. The test is marked at the level of HGV and therefore is of considerable higher standard than the regular practical driving test. It is not just about reversing with a trailer, it is also about improving your own driving skills.
The course starts at 8.30am and finishes approx 4.30pm on the 1st day. You will have 2 small breaks and a lunch period. The course will include trailer use and the law, loading and coupling plus the off-road handling exercise. You will need the standard B Class licence to undertake this course. The following day the B+E test will be arranged and you will have training before the test. The course fee includes hire of the trailer for the test.
We use an Ifor Williams BV85G Braked Box Van for our tuition which comply's with all the current regulations for the B+E Test with a MAM of 2700kg.
- Check the Driving Standards Agency Regulations regarding licences and towing
- At the start of the B+E Test you are required to explain some questions relevant to the vehicle and towing. These are called "show me / tell me
Customers come to us from all over the UK because we can offer B+E on an intensive one on one basis, with a high pass rate, that many of our competitors choose to carry out over a 3,4 or even 5 day periods.
By training with us we aim to get you through your B+E test quickly, easily and save you money. From an Employers view we aim to keep your operative off of work for as little time as possible and successfully train local council operatives, Forestry Commission e.t.c in this fashion, and that's why people travel to us from a far.
Towing regulations are quite complex. There are exceptions where you can tow an average caravan with a car having passed your test after 1997 depending on the weight of the towing vehicle and caravan. Most commercial trailers, horseboxes, large caravans are way in excess of the allowable weight and would require this B+E test.
We will also supply if required a suitable training vehicle, this is currently a Kia Sorento equipped with reversing camera & audible indicators when towing, although if preferred you are welcome to use your own vehicle if suitable.
Trailer B+E Course Price - £395
Price includes 1 full days tuition and tuition before test and also hire of trailer for test.
Price includes the test fee to the DSA - Currently £115.00 weekdays
Price excludes the hire of our vehicle including insurance & fuel (currently a Kia Sorento) - add £75
Price excludes accomodation if required - please contact us for info
Price excludes a weekend training day (Tests are only available on a weekday) - add £50
Payment is preferred through direct invoicing and BACS payments, however Payment is also accepted by cheque and all major credit/debit cards - charges apply. No vat is charged on the above prices.
To tow successfully you must understand:
* The combined length of your towing vehicle and trailer.
* The limitations your vehicle has with extra weight attached.
* The laws requiring speed limits.
* How to hitch / load your trailer.
Trailer Training Coverage
Our main training area operates out of Swansea where you will benefit from off road facilities suitable for the trailer training exercises and easy access to the local test centre. With the ability to complete the course in 2 days this gives good access across the whole of South Wales.
Many living in other areas of the UK have benefited from residential courses either having a one night stay over or as part of a longer break in the nearby Gower peninsula officially an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It may in certain circumstances be possible for us to come to you contact us to find out your best option.