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The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.

If your car  licence was issued after 1 January 1997.

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

MAM 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.

If your car  licence was issued 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 MAM. View your driving licence information to check.

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


You can also visit the Government Towing Guidlines website.


Please Note: The rules concerning towing can be quite involved. Please contact us if you would like guidance on whether you need a test on 07453-202123.

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