vosa trailer towing laws – Know the law

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vosa trailer towing laws

Find out about vosa trailer towing laws, before you leave for your next journey.

The number of fines has increased massively over the past 2 years. Every day we get clients asking about their vehicle and their trailer and what can they legally do.

You can click here to see all the government information you need to know about vosa trailer towing laws. Drivers need to pay particular attention to both the licence entitlement and limits of a vehicle.

A lot of the confusion comes from the fact that different laws apply depending on your pass date. Here’s a quick overview of some of the key points surrounding the year you passed your driving test and acquired your driving licence.

Trailer driving. Everything you ever wanted to know about the VOSA Trailer Towing Laws.

If you passed your test before 1st January 1997, then the following applies;

  •  Can drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. Check pass date and licence category of B+E is present.
  • Drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

For a licence issued after 1st January 1997 up until 13th January 2013, then the following applies

  • Can drive a car or van up to 3,500kg with maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM gross vehicle weight
  • Can tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and the towing vehicle does not exceed more than 3,500kg
    MAM is the limit that the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded.

For a licence issued since 13th January 2013;

  • Can drive a car or van up to the 3,500kg maximum authorised mass, including the weight of any trailer.

What else to know about vosa trailer towing laws.

There is a great deal of incorrect information on the forums relating to the “maximum permissible gross combination weight”.

When looking at the maximum authorised mass of the vehicle and trailer, a driver has to look at the potential weight of the combined vehicles and not the actual weight. It is important to know this fact about vosa trailer towing laws. Recently we have noticed that vehicles have been seized by the Police and VOSA for not ensuring the correct vehicle weights and licences.

Don’t worry, all of this can be easily avoided if you work with us to ensure you are fully compliant.

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Drivers and companies also need to know about trailer towing laws regarding drivers maximum working hours and the legal requirements around that. We have seen a massive increase in the number of fines imposed on drivers for exceeding the maximum number of hours. Let’s make sure that this doesn’t happen to you.

To get sound advice on vosa trailer towing laws.

To get advice on vosa trailer laws, then call our friendly team today.

Our team have outstanding knowledge and are happy to help and answer questions anytime. We can advise on the right type of trailer for you and your vehicle, or simply point you in the right direction.

For the best investment of your time, make a call to us today to find out about vosa trailer towing laws on 07818 408336

We have qualified driving instructors. They are experienced in offering:

LGV/HGV training – Our qualified trainers offer LGV Training in London and the Home Counties.

PCV training – Our trainers provide PCV training & courses in London and the Home Counties.

Trailer towing training – We offer trailer towing lessons & courses to pass your towing test first time.

Trailer driving lessons – We offer trailer driving lessons to prepare you to pass the B+E trailer test.

B+E (Car & Trailer) – We offer B+E car and trailer training to individuals and companies.

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