B + E Car and Trailer Training Course
Category B+E (Car and Trailer Minimum Age = 17)
At CRH we make it easy for you to gain your B + E Licence, we
can handle everything for you, from supplying application
forms through to tailoring courses to your specific needs.
We have all our own fully modern vehicles.
You need this licence (B+E) if you want to tow a large trailer over
750kg GVW, e.g. Large caravan, Horse box, Mini digger etc.
Car licences obtained before 1 January 1997
If you passed a car test before 1 January 1997 you keep your
existing entitlement to tow trailers until your licence expires. This means
you're generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to
8.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (MAM). You also have
entitlement to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kgs MAM.
Car licences obtained on or after 1 January 1997
If you passed a car test on or after 1 January 1997 you're limited
to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum authorised mass towing a trailer
up to 750kgs, or a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM
providing the MAM of the trailer doesn't exceed the unladen mass of the
towing vehicle. You will need to pass an additional driving test in B+E
if you wish to tow a caravan or trailer combination which exceeds
these weight limits.
Car and trailer practical test
The car and trailer test (B+E) is based on the lorry driving test
and lasts for approximately one hour. Please note that B+E tests are
conducted at vocational (bus and lorry) driving test centres.
The towing test (B+E) includes vehicle safety questions, an off-road
reverse manoeuvre, a controlled stop, uncoupling and coupling of the
trailer and driving on the road.
You will not be expected to carry out the following exercises:
- emergency stop on the public road
- reversing round a corner
- reverse parking
- turning in the road
Vehicle Safety Questions
These are basic safety checks that you should carry out to ensure
the vehicle is safe for use. Although some checks may involve opening
the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, you won't be
asked to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels.
As vehicle technology advances, more and more vehicles are being
equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, which inform the driver of the
state of the engine fluid levels and tyre pressures. It will be acceptable for you
to refer to the vehicle information system (if fitted) when answering questions
on fluid levels or tyre pressures.
You will be asked five questions, which will be a combination of 'show me' and
'tell me'. A driving fault will be recorded for each incorrect answer to a maximum of
four driving faults. If you answer all five questions incorrectly, a serious fault
will be recorded.
A list of the questions you can be asked on your driving test will be
issued to you by CRH at the start of your training.