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Thread: trailer towing weight limit, clarification needed.

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    trailer towing weight limit, clarification needed.

    Right gents, need some clarification please. I believe we have some knowledgeable folk on here, maybe even involved in the legal side of this (Police officers?).

    My son passed his test sometime in 2006, lets say 2007 just to be sure, and wants to tow a trailer. He hasn't passed a separate trailer test. We know any trailer over 750kg has to be braked so ok on that. What weight can he tow behind 2.1 tons of Land Rover Discovery ?

    Anyone know the guaranteed correct answer ? (no guesses on this one please)

    Edit to say licence says entitled to drive B, B1, F, K, P. whatever they are
    Last edited by rodp; 31-01-2016 at 20:15.

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    Don't take the word of a police office....I have had a few try to convince me that their understanding of the law was right when it was wrong!

    see ee from the horses mouth ......


    Towing with a car - GOV.UK

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    If his licence is C1+E without weight restrictions he can tow 3.5 tonnes
    Last edited by 1kevb; 31-01-2016 at 20:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1kevb View Post
    If his licence is C1+E he can tow 3.5 tonnes

    You need to check the licence entitlements and know the exact date passed to be sure!

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    Towing with a car - GOV.UK

    The MAM can be found in the owners manual and on the vehicle ID/info plate. Remember that's what matters and not the actual weight of the load.
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    Thanks gents, I'll get some more info off him just to be sure. As an aside, I know where this is going though. He wants one of my quads off me and if he can tow over 750 kg he's going to want one for his girl as well Flippin kids

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    Right, entitled to drive B, B1, F, K, P. whatever they are

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    750kg is the limit without doing a test. Anyone who passed after 1997 is in this category
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    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    750kg is the limit without doing a test. Anyone who passed after 1997 is in this category
    Incorrect......typical response, but incorrect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodp View Post
    Right, entitled to drive B, B1, F, K, P. whatever they are
    So can only tow up to 750kg unbraked.

    can tow over 750kg providing the mam of the vehicle and the trailer is under 3500kg.
    there are a few other caveats on this. Ie trailer has to weigh less than vehicle.


    as an aside, if someone has grandfather or has held a C1+E for three years, they can sit in the passenger seat and your son can tow with L plates on!
    Last edited by scubadog; 02-02-2016 at 14:41.

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