Driving licence towing laws
Until the 2nd January 1997, anyone who passed their car driving test had acquired rights or ‘grandfather rights’. This allowed the holder of the car licence to tow a trailer over 750kg and a combination of car and trailer over 3500kg.
On the 3rdJanuary 1997 things changed due to EU Directives. From then on, when a driver passed their car driving test they were only allowed to tow a trailer up to a weight of 750kg if their vehicle’s gross weight is 3500kg or a heavier braked trailer as long as the combination of car and trailer does not exceed 3500kg. If a driver needs to tow a trailer over 750kg or the combination weight exceeds 3500kg, they must pass a separate category B+E test.
Since 13th January 2013, all new drivers can only tow a trailer as long as the combination weight does not exceed 3500kg.
Not abiding to the law could lead to points be issued to the driver and if towing for work, the employer may have to pay a substantial fine.