Car Trailer – Car & Trailer Driver training Category BE
The B+E car and trailer Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test has been abolished and those who have passed their car driving test will also be entitled to tow a trailer up to 3.5 Tonnes.
The legislation granting this can be accessed at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-rules-for-towing-a-trailer-or-caravan-with-a-car-from-autumn-2021
However, we appreciate that lots of you will still want training in order to feel confident and competent in towing your trailer, horsebox, caravan etc.
Employers may want to consider this training also, as a ‘works’ trailer is a piece of work equipment and like all work equipment is subsumed by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). This regulation amongst other things states that work equipment must only be ‘used only by people who have received adequate information, instruction and training’
In addition to this, you can now undetake a DVSA accredited and certified trailer training course. The syllabus for this can be found at https://lgvinstructorregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DVSA-syllabus-for-BE-training-V2.0-3.pdf
This course is only available by certified training providers see https://lgvinstructorregister.com/find-a-be-training-provider
Candidates if found competent will leave with a training or a training and assessment certificate.
We plan to offer 2 courses a 3.5hr course (half-day for those who are competent with a trailer – driving, reversing, uncoupling, loading etc. 0800hr or 1230hr start) £170 + VAT = £204 and a 7hr (full day for complete beginners – 0800 start – 1600hr finish) £340 + VAT = £408. These courses include an LTS attendance certificate
NRI Certification – Training Cert £15 + Vat
Both In house and NRI courses will cover the aspects below with the full day giving longer time to practice all the practical aspects.
- How to check the weight of a trailer and how much the vehicle can legally tow.
- Looking at the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plates to determine Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and Gross Combined Weight (GCW) of the combination.
Hitching and unhitching
- Correct use of the trailer brake and breakaway cable whilst hitching and unhitching safely.
- Reversing in a straight line and into a restricted opening whilst maintaining good observation and control.
- Towing on a variety of road types with an emphasis on speed limits and trailer awareness
All training will be carried out using our vehicles however if you want to use your own this can be accommodated