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Driving Licence Categories for Towing

Posted: 3rd February 2017
Type: General

Something a little different this week from the Prestige team. We recently completed some body repairs for a young lady that worked with a lot of horses and she asked us if we could recommend anyone that provided horsebox training courses. Turns out, there are a number of qualifications that you can gain to legally tow a trailer. So we looked into the driving licence categories for towing.

Unfortunately, it’s not something that we get asked a lot but after a little digging we managed to find a really great company to pass in her direction.

So do you really need a specific licence for horseboxes, trailers and towing? Of course.

There are many categories available but the ones that are most suitable and popular tend to be one of the following:

  • B+E Training
  • C1 or C1+E Training
  • D1 Training

B+E driving licence categories for towing

Traditionally, this is the most common driving licence category for towing trailers and other large vehicles. It is also perfect for those that wish to gain their B+E licence to transport horses and other animals.

B+E training or trailer training as it is otherwise known as, allows the driver to tow a caravan or horsebox depending on the weight.

C1 driving licence category

This particular category, after completing some research looks to allow the driver to get behind the wheels of an ambulance or larger vehicle such as a 7.5 tonne truck.

Like most of the categories, there is usually a weight limit involved – you can check that here.

D1 category

The D1 category is primarily for those that are looking at transporting passengers in a minibus of some form.

To drive a minibus to must be at least 21-years old, hold your driving licence for 2-years or more, pass a medical check if you are over 70-years of age and ensure that you are not towing a trailer.

See the full criteria here.

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