B+E Trailer Training
B+E Trailer Training is essential, whether for vocational operators to ensure safe and effective use, or to get the B+E category on drivers' licences to ensure that drivers are legal to tow trailers over 750kg, when the train weight exceeds 3.5 tonnes. Tachometers and driver CPC may also be required.
Many drivers who passed their test prior to 1997 already hold the B+E licence category, allowing them to legally tow heavier trailers on-road. For these operators, we recommend that vocational courses are undertaken to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills required to ensure that their combination is safe, secure and legal.
In 2013, there were 2415 towing incidents between July and September alone (DfT). Our training is designed to make drivers aware of the risks, enabling them to take preventative action.
We provide the RoSPA trailer handling courses, which are designed to assist employers in their duty of care under H&S legislation and PUWER, as well as driver CPC for commercial operators.
Checking both vehicles and trailers, understanding towing, nose weight and loading limits and security, as well as safe systems of driving to ensure the stability of the towing vehicle are required and covered extensively during all of our trailer training courses:
- Legal requirements – towing onroad
- Causes of accidents and safety code
- Hitches and towing combinations
- Coupling/Un-coupling procedures
- Nose weight measurement
- Vehicle/Trailer checks – on road
- Trailer handling and reversing
- Braking exercise
Training is also available for drivers who have taken their driving test since 1997, they are required to pass a further DVSA test using a car and trailer, to gain the B+E category:
- The DVSA Trailer test schedule
- On-road towing requirement/techniques
- Vehicle/trailer checks
- On-road practice
- Feedback of individual performance, any further training or practice requirement prior to taking the test.
Where required, off-road use of trailers, including with 4x4 vehicles can be incorporated into training:
- The legal requirements for towing off-road at work.
- The practical limitations of the towing vehicle.
- How to assess the risks involved.
- The need for thorough vehicle checks.
- The techniques required to tow safely off-road.
- Health and Safety.
- Four wheel drive vehicles.
- Vehicle preparation.
- Essential driving techniques.
- Understanding the risks involved in vehicle recovery.
Useful information for drivers before undertaking the B+E licence acquisition test: