of new licences can upgrade to tow larger trailers
by taking another test, B+E for trailers or a better
option would be a C1 licence for 7.5 tonne vehicles
which would allow them to use trailers up to 3500kg
behind suitable vehicles or 750kg behind a 7.5 tonne
of car licences issued after July 1996 can tow a
750kg unbraked trailer or if heavier trailers are
towed, a vehicle and trailer combination of up to
3500 kg. Assuming that the trailer and its load are
lighter than the towing vehicle. i.e. a 2000 kg.
vehicle with a 1500 kg trailer.
of driving licences issued before July 1996 and providing
that they have Group A or if after 1990, category
B, are entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination
up to a maximum train weight of 8.25 tons.
tachograph is required to be fitted to record the
drivers hours in a vehicle and trailer combination
that exceeds 3500 kg. when used for commercial purposes.
from this requirement are vehicles used for the non-commercial
carriage of goods for personal use, vehicles carrying
live animals between a farm and a local market or
from a local market to a slaughterhouse and vehicles
carrying goods having a maximum weight not exceeding
7.5 tonnes if carrying materials or equipment for
the drivers use, in the course of his work, within
a 50km radius of the vehicle base.
are other exemptions but they are not likely to be
relevant to most trailer users.
maximum speed limit for trailers is 60 mph on motorways
and dual carriageways, otherwise 50 mph unless a
lower speed limit is in operation. Trailers are not
permitted in the outside lane of motorways.
maximum width of a trailer must not exceed 2.3 metres
(76) or 2.5 metres (82.5) when towed by
a heavy goods vehicle. The trailer must not extend
more than 305mm (12) outwards each side of the towing
vehicle, irrespective of allowable width.
The maximum permitted trailer body length without the tow bar is 7 metres but
the overall train length must not exceed 18.35 metres.
stated the centre of gravity should be ahead of the
axles but not too far. The nose weight should be
about 100kg to 150kg any more would impede the movement
of the overrun coupling which will affect the brakes.
Too much weight will overload the back of the towing
vehicle, making the steering light and unsafe and
causing the back to dip, overloading the trailer
front axle and effectively moving the axle centre.