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Car and Trailer tests (B+E tests)

If you need to tow a caravan, trailer or horse box, you may need to take a test in additional to gain the correct entitlement on your driving licence. The words below can be found on the dvsa website and state the current laws on towing.


Do you have a licence to drive?

All drivers who passed a car test before 1 January 1997 retain their existing entitlement to tow trailers. This means they are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes. Described hereafter as MAM (Maximum Authorized Mass). This was previously known as gross trainweight. They also have entitlement for a minibus with a trailer over 750kgs. If you passed your car driving test (category B) after the 1st January 1997, you are only entitled to tow a combined (car + trailer) weight of up to 4.25 tonnes MAM with a gross trailer weight of 750kgs.

However if the gross weight of your trailer is to exceed 750Kg (which is permitted) then your allowed MAM is reduced to 3.5 tonnes. If this is the combination you choose then the gross trailer weight must not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle or the manufactures recommended max trailer weight.

What can we at alliance school of motoring do to help you out?

We have many years experience in offering all types of driver training with a very good pass rate and we train you to become a better driver as well as passing your test. We offer a wide range of car and trailer courses to suit the absolute beginners through to the more experienced drivers. We always aim to tailor courses for you. How we achieve this is by taking you out for an assessment lesson to see how any lessons that you require and tailor the course for your specific ability.

If however you choose not to have an assessment lesson I can offer a course of a minimum of 10 hours training.

The b+e driving test consists of:

  • Eyesight Test
  • Read a new style number plate from 20m
  • Show Me Tell Me B+E - You will be asked 5 questions from the list
  • Reverse Exercise - Off Road
  • General Road Driving - On Road
  • Independent Drive - On Road
  • Trailer Un-couple and Re-couple Exercise - Off Road


The test fee at the time of writing was 115 and can be booked on the dvsa website. The cost of our initial assessment is 80 for a 2 hour assessment. Our trailer lessons are then charged at 30 per hour and are booked in 4 hour slots (120 for the 4 hours).

If you would like further or would like to discuss booking your car and trailer / b+E training please contact us.


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  • First 5 hours £95*

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  • First 5 Lessons £19 ph*
  • Standard Rate £25 ph
  • Standard 2 hour Rate £48
  • Intensive Courses from £21 ph
  • Block booking from £21 ph
  • Pass plus £160
  • ADI Training £30 ph
  • Trailer Lessons £30 ph
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