Need Help to Find Out about towing trailers

If the total legal GVW of the trailer and towing vehicle combined is over 3500kg and is within the permitted GTW you need a tacho, whether the actual weight of the combination is above 3500kg or not.

An ‘O’ licence is only needed if the unladen weight of the trailer is over 1020kg.

You need B+E on your driving licence to tow a trailer of over 750kg.

Posted under Courier Basics, Towing, Vans

Posted by Alec at 4:58 pm, February 18, 2006

2 Comments so far

  1. You’re right Mark. I was just providing Robert with a quick check-list of the laws that apply to him if he wants to tow. I deliberately simplified the driving licence requirement for Robert’s benefit as he has a LWB Hi-top van which I assumed is over 2,750kg GVW. While we’re being pedantic I also made a hash of my first sentence, it should have read: “If the total legal GVW of the trailer and towing vehicle combined is over 3500kg and the permitted GTW of the towing vehicle is also over 3500kg then you need a tacho, whether the actual weight of the combination is above 3500kg or not.”

  2. Alec added on  January 24th, 2012 at 09:53

    *NOTE: From December 4th 2011 ‘small trailers’ towed by a vehicle under 3.5 tonnes and used for hire or reward are no longer exempt from operator licensing. Therefore, if your vehicle combination is used for carrying other people‚Äôs goods for hire or reward (e.g. couriers and hauliers) and the maximum allowable weight of your vehicle and van together exceed 3,500kg then you need a standard O Licence.

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