Do you need a license to tow a car UK?

Can anyone tow a car UK?

You can tow trailers up to a certain weight with your car driving licence. The weight you’re allowed to tow depends on when you got your licence. You’ll need to know the weight of both the vehicle and trailer – also known as the ‘maximum authorised mass’ ( MAM ).

How can I legally tow a car UK?

Towing rules

  1. An ‘On Tow’ sign must be placed at the back of the vehicle being towed.
  2. When the vehicles are attached solely by a rope or chain, the maximum distance allowed between the vehicles is 4.5 metres.

Is it illegal to tow a car with a rope in the UK?

Are you allowed to tow a car with a rope? If you’re wondering how to tow a car without a tow bar, you can use a rope or chain, though as the RAC notes, the distance between the cars can’t exceed 4.5 metres.

Do you need a towing licence?

There is no special caravan licence or trailer licence needed for towing; it all depends on how heavy the load is that you want to tow. If it is heavy, you may need to upgrade your licence by taking a driving test for the correct category. This depends on what category test you passed and when you passed it.

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Can you tow an uninsured car UK?

When using a tow-bar the towed vehicle will be legally classed as a trailer, so provided your own car insurance policy includes cover for pulling a trailer (or you take out a standalone trailer insurance policy) the towed vehicle won’t need its own car insurance policy.

Can you tow a car that has no MOT or tax?

Can you tow a car without MOT and tax? No, you simply cannot. To be allowed to tow a car, it must at least be insured.

Can I tow a car on the motorway?

Well, it certainly can be, but only if the car is towed legally and in a manner that’s safe both for you and your car and other road users. It should also only ever be attempted over a short distance and as a last resort. You should also never tow on a motorway.

Can I tow a broken down car?

You can use a rope or a chain to tow a car but the best solution is a special towing strap. They generally have a heavy duty hook at each end, so are easy to connect to each car, and will have been tested and certified to pull a specific weight, unlike that tatty old bit of rope you’ve found hanging up in your garage!

Can I tow a caravan with a C1 licence?

If you want to tow a trailer over 750kgs, the next step from achieving your C1 licence is to obtain your C1+E which will allow you to drive any C1 category vehicle with a trailer over 750kgs. However, the combined MAM of the vehicle and trailer can’t be over 12,000kgs.

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Can I tow a caravan with my car?

If the mass of the caravan is 85% or less of the car’s kerbweight, the car will tow it with ease. If it’s between 85% and 100%, be careful – only experienced caravanners should use that car to tow such a heavy van.

Can I tow a caravan on my licence UK?

You need a full car licence before being able to tow with any larger vehicle. A full car licence already lets you tow trailers.

Can I tow a Sorn car?

Can a SORN car be towed? Your car must remain ‘off-road’. If you plan to tow your car using a rope, it must be taxed and insured. However, if you want to tow your car using a tow-bar or similar, it will be classed as a trailer, so the SORN can remain in place.

What lorry can I drive on a car Licence?

You can drive a 7.5-tonne lorry with a car licence if it was issued before 1 January 1997. If it was issued after 1997, you can’t legally drive a 7.5-tonne truck without applying and passing a C1 licence test.

What can you drive on a standard UK license?

What can I drive with a standard UK licence?

  • You can drive vehicles with up to 3,500kg MAM and up to 8 passenger seats – with a trailer that weighs up to 750kg.
  • You’re allowed to tow heavier trailers, as long as the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.

What can I tow with B E?

Category B+E means you can drive a motor vehicle (i.e. car, van or 4×4) not exceeding a 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass towing any weight trailer or caravan within the prescribed maximum towing weight.

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