Amendments likely to mean loss of all unmetalled roads in the UK! The Deregulation Bill had its Report Stage and Third Reading in the Commons on 23rd June. Its First Reading in the House of Lords was on 24th June. Its Second Reading to consider the Bill will be on 7th July.
The following Driving Licensing and Towing article has been taken from W&WLRC 'Rover Matters' (the monthly newsletter of the Wye & Welsh Land Rover Club).
Driving Licensing and Towing
At a recent committee meeting the towing restrictions applying to younger drivers or more correctly anyone who has passed their driving test since 1st January 1997 were brought up. There followed a lively exchange and I undertook to get the correct information. Those of you who passed before this date will have grandfather rights to B+E,Cl,C I +E, and are entitled to drive Vehicles up to 7.5 Tonnes and tow trailers over 750Kg, and may happily ignore the rest of this article.
If you passed your test after this date however, you will have a class B Licence which authorises you to drive a vehicle with a MAM (maximum. authorised mass) or Gross Vehicle Weight of up to 3.5 Tonnes, with no more than 8 passenger seats and a trailer up to 750Kg. You may also drive a Class B vehicle and tow a trailer that exceeds 750Kg provided that:- The combined MAM of both vehicle and trailer does not exceed 3.5 Tonnes and that the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the Unladen Weight of the towing vehicle.
For example:- A vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 Tonnes and a MAM of 2 Tonnes coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.25 may be driven by the holder of a category B Licence as the combined MAM does not exceed 3.5 Tonnes and the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle.
If you drive a Landrover, Discovery or Range Rover and wish to tow a heavy trailer such as a caravan (most caravans) or a trialer on a trailer you will need a B+E Licence and will have to take a further test.
Also while I'm spoiling your fun, Cat B holders who passed after Feb 2001 must take a moped riding course before they can ride on the road; us older folk can go out and kill ourselves without restriction.
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