Towing Caravans – What’s Legal?

It is that time of year when the sun is shining and you maybe thinking of getting away in your Caravan

Caravan being pulled by a car

Towing Caravans – What’s Legal?

It is that time of year when the sun is shining and you maybe thinking of getting away in your Caravan for a few days. Before you get into your car, and attach your caravan and drive off for your break away, are you sure that you are legally able to tow your caravan?

Depending on when you passed your Driving Test and when your Licence was issued, there are different rules which apply, including;

Licences Issued from 19 January 2013

If you passed your car driving test (category B) from 19 January 2013, you can tow:

small trailers weighing no more than 750kg

a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing car or van is no more than 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes) maximum authorised mass.

  • Maximum Authorised Mass is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded.
  • You have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.

Licences Issued from 1 January 1997

If you passed your car driving test between 1 January 1997 and 18 January 2013, you can:

drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass  towing a trailer of up to 750kg maximum authorised mass.

tow a trailer over 750kg maximum authorised mass  as long as the combined maximum authorised mass  of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

You have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.

  • Licences held before 1 January 1997
  • If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass –  view your driving licence information to check.

You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Full details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/towing-with-car/driving-licence-rules-and-what-you-can-tow   so you can check to see if you are eligible to tow your caravan, or indeed a trailer.

Don’t worry if you realise you shouldn’t be towing your caravan, here at Weir Insurance we have teamed up with Aspiration Driving School, who will give preferential rates to all of Weir Insurance clients, to ensure you get what you need to take your caravan for those trips away.

If you would like to talk about this some more, please feel free to contact Kay at Weir Insurance on 01670 798894, and she will be happy to help.