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Thread: Trailer towing:- B and B+E licence rules explained

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris&scully View Post
    So -

    A Motor car and light goods vehicle with up to 9 seats up to 3,500 kg MAM B
    A Goods vehicle with MAM between 3,500 and 7,500 kg C1
    A Goods vehicle with MAM between 3,500 and 7,500 kg and pulling a trailer, as long as the total weight of both vehicles is not more than 8,250 kg C1E (with restriction code 79 or 107)
    A Passenger carrying vehicle with between 9 and 17 seats (driving not for hire or reward) D1 (with restriction code 79 or 101)
    A Vehicles in Groups B, C, F, K, L, N below See

    where does the B + E feature?
    Anyone with a +E higher than B+E (such as C1+E) will automatically have B+E

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROG. View Post
    They do but many have not had the need to change from the old paper only licence
    Yep - no need and don't want to pay the regular fee for new licence & photo!

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    In case anyone is wanting the governments document complete with wording (I always like to get these things from the source myself to be sure I'm not getting someone else interpretation) it's all here: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repositor...0low%20res.pdf

    I think they explain it pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thestral View Post
    In case anyone is wanting the governments document complete with wording (I always like to get these things from the source myself to be sure I'm not getting someone else interpretation) it's all here: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/repositor...0low%20res.pdf

    I think they explain it pretty well.
    Not bad but no mention of towing capacities

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROG. View Post
    Not bad but no mention of towing capacities
    Not of individual vehicles no, but in all fairness that is available in the spec of the car and very easy to find out.

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    Thanks for making this a sticky

    Just to repeat an earlier offer I made............

    Please post with this info if you want me to answer a specific query - weights in kgs please

    LICENCE
    B or B+E

    VEHICLE
    Unladen/kerb =
    GVW =
    GTW =
    Towing capacity =

    TRAILER
    Unladen =
    MAM =

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    Towing a single horse with a B licence (no B+E) can get tricky if looking for a 4X4 type of towing vehicle so perhaps these few suggestions might help

    VEHICLE 'A' is a Nissan Xtrail 4X4 with these specifications/dimensions
    Unladen/kerb = 1515
    GVW = 2050
    Towing = 2000

    VEHICLE 'B' is a Kia Sportage AWD with these specifications/dimensions
    Unladen/kerb = 1678
    GVW = 2140
    Towing = 1600

    These 3 single horse trailers seem to be the most popular but there are others .....
    1 - BATESON LIGHT HORSE TRAILER
    2 - CHEVAL LIGHT HORSE TRAILER
    3 - IFOR LIGHT HORSE TRAILER
    As all these manufacturers are still in business then downplating any of those trailers is easy and usually free or very little cost - just call them to sort it

    Set ups:-
    A+1 = trailer downplated to 1450 leaves a load of 775 (or 1400 & 725)
    A+2 = no downplating leaves a load of 745
    A+3 = trailer downplated to 1450 leaves a load of 680 (or 1400 & 630)
    B+1 = trailer downplated to 1360 leaves a load of 685 (or 1300 & 625)
    B+2 = trailer downplated to 1360 leaves a load of 705 (or 1300 & 645)
    B+3 = trailer downplated to 1360 leaves a load of 590 (or 1300 & 530)

    Hpefully that may be useful to some

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    This is such an interesting thread, and also clears up any argument i had with my oh. Going by what you have written I can tow either a lightweight trailer or single trailer with just one of my ponies in it on my B license.
    Excellent. I am off to have the tow bar fitted then. :-)
    Don't panicked though. I have got someone to teach me how to tow safely before i load one of my lovelies in the back:-) yay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greyarab View Post
    This is such an interesting thread, and also clears up any argument i had with my oh. Going by what you have written I can tow either a lightweight trailer or single trailer with just one of my ponies in it on my B license.
    Excellent. I am off to have the tow bar fitted then. :-)
    Don't panicked though. I have got someone to teach me how to tow safely before i load one of my lovelies in the back:-) yay.
    POST YOUR VEHICLE AND TRAILER DETAILS then I can tell you if its legal for B towing or what you can do to make it legal

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROG. View Post
    POST YOUR VEHICLE AND TRAILER DETAILS then I can tell you if its legal for B towing or what you can do to make it legal
    I haven't.got trailer yet, but it would be handy to know what weight I can tow legally.
    I have a .mk4 ford Mondeo estate.
    Max towing weight of 1800kg and a herb weight of 1600 unladen.
    Thanks ROG.

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