Do I need to take a trailer towing test?
We Have 2 Day Towing Courses Available From Only £304 Plus The Test Fee
Pay As You Go Lessons From £144 Per 4 Hour Lesson
Many of our customers have had experience towing a horsebox, caravan or other trailers but have never taken their test. It’s just a matter of time before you get caught.
These days the fines and point on your licence are very severe. There’s also a very good chance your vehicle will be seized. It’s simply not worth it.
The cost of passing your trailer test is lower than the cost of getting caught.
We have helped hundreds of customers from large multi million pound companys needing driver training for their staff or if its just for personal use needing to tow your caravan or horsebox we can help.You can be sure to get the best professional service working with us, we are a private limited company fully insured with highly experienced instuctors.
It depends on when you passed your driving test.
First thing to know is DO NOT trust what you see on Facebook or hear from a mate.
On every post on FB about 50% of it is WRONG.
So here are the simple FACTS:
This information is only covering the driving licence rules
Contrary to popular belief EVERYONE can tow, how much depends on when you passed your cat B (car) test
IF you passed your car test before 01-01-1997
Then your have the BE licence to tow virtually any trailer that your vehicle is capable of towing. If you require more info then please use the links at the bottom of this page.
IF you passed your car after 01-01-1997 then read on
First the good news YOU CAN TOW just not as much.
The law gives you TWO options.
1, a vehicle up to 3500kg MAM (more on that term later) plus a trailer up to 750kg MLPM (later) to a combined 4250kg.
2, IF the trailer is over 750kg MLPM (even if empty) a vehicle & trailer combination that has combined MAM & MLPM of 3500kg or less.
The main issue people have is for option 2. They assume that it is the real weight that is used. It is not. You MUST use the cars MAM & the trailer MLPM when adding up to see if you are under the 3500kg. DO NOT use kerb, weighed, loaded, MIRO, Googled, Matching sites or any other made up numbers.
MAM Maximum Authorised Mass, ie the most it could legally weigh. You can find this on the vehicles weight plate. It will be the top number or on the V5c in section F1.
MLPM Maximum Legally Permitted Mass, this is the same as MAM above but for trailers. You will find it on the trailers weight plate. Even if the trailer is empty the fully loaded legal weight is used.
When using this flow chart above ensure that you get your numbers from the V5c section F1 or the vehicles weight plate (top number) plus the trailers weight plate (largest number)
BEWARE of trainers with statements like this on their websites:
- You can't tow if you don't have BE on your licence.
- You can only tow 750kg trailers.
- You can only drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM providing the MAM of the trailer doesn’t exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.
At best they are wrong or out of date at worst they are trying to con you into taking a course & test you might not need.
PASS YOUR TEST TODAY
When you pass your trailer towing test you will be able to drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg and tow a trailer up to 3,500kg. When you book with us today, you will benefit from the following:
- A choice of trailer test packages designed to suit your trailer towing experience so far.
- Friendly and highly qualified & experienced trailer test instructors.
- Use one of our B+E vehicles and trailers for training and the test. They are fully insured and meet all the required legal standards.
- Most of our learners pass first time.
- In a rush? We often have short notice B+E courses available to meet your needs.
- Low upfront deposits
- Great value for money towing courses
- Competitive prices
- Public Liability Insurance
How much does the trailer test cost?
Your previous experience of towing a trailer will determine which one is right for you. These carefully designed courses provide absolutely everything you need to pass your test. We also include a complete training manual to make your life even easier.
Which course is right for you? Good question. Everyone learns at a different rate. Our pass rate is incredibly high and the trick is to make sure you get exactly the right amount of training to give you the best chance of passing the first time.
Not Sure? Why not try an assessment lesson with one of our instructors for 1 hour we will assess your driving and ability to manoeuvre the trailer and let you know the best course for you for only £35
What our clients say
Car and Trailer Training Reviews
Thanks to Wayne I passed my B+E test first time. The whole process from booking to the test was handled really smoothly. Wayne was patient, clear and gave lots of helpful advice to sort out any bad habits and Kerry responded really quickly to any questions that I had over email or phone. The price was very reasonable too. Thanks very much to the whole Craig Baker Driver Training team! -Matt Nelson
Cannot recommend Craig Baker Driver training highly enough. Wayne was fantastic from start to finish giving advice and tips. Helping me to relax the nerves and was great company too. Passed first time and couldn’t be any happier from start to finish. Thanks Wayne and Craig
Fantastic training and support, B + E passed, friendly service, recommend to anyone thinking they might need the licence for towing, don’t put it off book it now, the training is spot on made easy, thank you
Very professional went above and beyond to help me pass first time as was in a hurry for my towing licence would highly recommend
I did my B+E trailer license with Wayne and he’s a top bloke , very good pricing and passed first time , would recommend
Passed my B+E test first time thanks to craig and wayne. I would highly recommend them to anybody looking to pass their test.
Went for the 3 day B+e trailer course/test, Wayne couldn’t of been more helpful with all the reversing tips, I couldn’t of done it without him, a credit to Craig Barker driver training and I passed first time, I couldn’t recommend them more
Just passed my trailer test today and can say I'm very pleased with the training from Wayne and Craig. 15 years of bad habits ironed out and reverse perfected in 4 hours plus the drive to the test. Craig came in early on the test day to give me one last go of the reverse maneuver before setting off too. Thanks again to both of you.
Professional from beginning to end. My initial enquiry for b + e training or trailer test training was quickly and professionally dealt with by Craig. The choices of courses I thought were perfect for a beginner or someone who was already a confident driver and needed the pointers to take the test.
I spent just 4 hours with craig and I passed the exam 1st time with loads of confidence that I was ready and good enough to sail through it.
Really pleased and would highly recommend.
I did the one day trailer course and passed thanks to Craig and his team. The experience was great from start to finish, very professional and every step was explained clearly. I would highly recommend these guys! Thanks again.
Wayne has great patience, I flew through my trailer test with just a couple of training sessions. Definitely recommend.
passed first time from being in the car with wayne, he is fantastic! cheap prices, great teachers, would highly recommend
Big Thanks to Wayne who provided a very knowledgable, professional service throughout. Wish I would of contacted sooner!
Great instructors help me Pass my trailer test first time
My husband Anthony has just passed his B+E driving test with Craig Baker driver training. Prior to his test he booked an hours assessment session with Wayne. We can't recommend these guys enough. Wayne was extremely helpful and friendly. Wayne gave his recommendation of which course to book and his advice was spot on.
An excellent and friendly team who we highly recommend. If your thinking about completing your B+E test definitely use this company.
Used Craig to do my B+E trailer test, Highly recommended, prompt, Professional service and Reasonably priced
Couldn’t thank use lot anymore. Passed straight away with very experienced instructor will highly recommend anyone to use these guys. Thanks again and especially Wayne for a good lesson
Definitely would recommend Craig and Wayne very professional and great instructors thanks for getting me through my b+e category
I passed my trailer test in St Helens with just a few minor faults and can now legally tow my caravans thanks to Craig Baker Driver Training
Joel passed after doing a 1-day B+E Course, already having a lot of towing experience already he passed first time at St Helens test centre with just 5 minor faults,
I passed my B+E test at the first attempt last week. Craig was simply superb! Everything is explained in a simple calm manner and he gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed.
I passed first time with Craig for my B+E trailer test. I explained to Craig I didn't want to have a lot of lessons and felt no pressure to buy more unlike with other driving schools I contacted. All his equipment is modern and well maintained, plus he is a knowledgeable and friendly trainer. I will definitely recommend him to family and friends.
I passed my trailer test this week thanks to craig didn't have a clue what I needed to do I messaged craig about it all and he made is so easy and straight forward
Thank you Craig for helping me to pass my B+E first time!
You are highly recommended!!!
Always prompt, friendly, patient and you always explained everything so I could understand.
Highly recommend Craig, great guy and easy to get along with. Teaches you what you need to no in a way that's easy to remember, very patient too.
The trailer courses are great and give you the experience you need. 5 star rating from me
I passed my B+E trailer test first time with just 3 minor faults at St Helens test centre after a 6-hour course,
Passed first time doing a b+e trailer test Craig showed me in detail what needed to be done gave me a lot of confidence going into the test 10/10 passing his number on to my friends and family.
2 Day Trailer Course Including Test
£479.80 INC VAT
2 Day course. This 8-hour course is designed for someone with towing & reversing experience, for this course, you must be able to confidently tow and reverse a trailer already. The last 2 hours of the course are reserved for the use of the vehicle on the test.Book and Pay Online
3 Day Trailer Course Including Test
£633.40 INC VAT
3 Day course. This 12-hour course is designed for someone who doesn't have any towing experience, we will show you the basics of reversing with a trailer and what is expected of you on the driving test. The last 2 hours of the course are reserved for the use of the vehicle on the test.Book and Pay Online
1 Day Extra training
£172.80 INC VAT
If your book on to one of our courses and are not feeling 100% confident we can add extra days in before your test so that you get get a bit more practice and feel really confident going into the test this can be used to brush up your skills on whatever subject you want. This includes an extra 4 hours of trainingBook and Pay Online
Re-Test Fee Including Test
£287.80 INC VAT
This includes 4 hours on the test day and the test fee. The last 2 hours are reserved for the use of the vehicle on the test. This is only available to customers that have previously done a towing course with us. we can not do this if you have done a course with another training provider.Book and Pay Online
£35 INC VAT
If you are not sure the best course for you why not try a 45 min assessment lesson, (we will then let you know the course that would suit you), or if you would like to do Weekly or Monthly Pay As You Go Lessons we can do lessons at a time to suit you.Book and Pay Online