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Driving Licenses

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You need to consider whether your driving licence will allow you to tow or drive the leisure vehicle you want. If not, then you would need to take a test to make this possible. Or choose one of the many other options out there. DRIVING LICENSE Type and restrictions All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 can tow trailers until their licence expires. This means they have an entitlement to drive any practical combination of car and caravan, subject only to a generous combined maximum allowable mass (MAM) of the combination of 8,250kg. Covering most large cars/4x4s towing caravans.

When the initial licence expires at age 70, such drivers retain their BE entitlement when applying for a new licence, under a process known as ‘grandfather rights’.

If you passed your test after 1 January 1997 you are also able to tow caravans, but have more restrictions on which combinations are permissible (category B entitlement).

You can drive a motor vehicle with a GTW of up to 3,500 kg. This includes saloon cars towing small caravans - but for anything larger, you will need to take an additional driving test to gain entitlement to Category B+E and all larger vehicles.

Training for this is readily available from specialist driving schools. There is no need to take another theory test.

HOW LARGE A CARAVAN CAN I TOW LEGALLY IN THE UK?

A touring caravan with: a maximum laden weight not exceeding 3,500 kg, overall width not exceeding 2.55 metres and overall body length not exceeding 7 metres (excluding drawbar and coupling) is the maximum size that can be legally towed by a motor vehicle whose maximum gross vehicle weight is less than 3,500 kg (so most 4x4s and even Transit type vans are not allowed to tow caravans that exceed the above dimensions). There are very few such large caravans in the UK, but it is as well to be aware of this.