About the B+E accreditation scheme
A new voluntary trailer training accreditation scheme has been developed in partnership with the driving training and trailer industries to provide motorists with the skills, knowledge and competencies to tow safely.
The government is committed to road safety and encouraging drivers who tow for business or leisure to get professional training before towing or to refresh their towing skills.
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have worked with the trailer training industry by forming the National Council for Accredited Trailer Training (NCATT) to oversee the scheme and set good towing practice.
DVSA have provided official recognition of the Skills for Logistics B+E accreditation scheme who will accredit training centres and trainers and provide quality assurance and certification.
Aims of the scheme
The government is committed to road safety and encouraging drivers to get professional training before towing for leisure or business.
The B+E trailer training accreditation scheme aims to:
- make sure drivers who want to tow a trailer for leisure or business have the skills, knowledge and competencies to tow safely
- for those towing a trailer in connection with their work, help ensure an employer’s corporate responsibilities to make sure safe working practices are met
What is the syllabus?
The Cat B+E training syllabus sets out how to train drivers in the skills, knowledge, and understanding they need to be safe and responsible drivers when towing a trailer with a category B motor vehicle. This category includes cars, vans and pick-up trucks.
Its syllabus was developed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), working in partnership with the Trailer Towing Advisory Group (TTAG) to achieve our common goal of keeping everyone safe on Britain’s roads.
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Aim of the syllabus
This syllabus sets out how to train drivers in the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to be safe and responsible drivers when towing a trailer with a category B vehicle.
On successful completion of this training, drivers will be able to discuss and demonstrate the following 12 aspects of driving whilst towing a trailer with a category B vehicle:
- Preparing a vehicle and its occupants for a journey
- How to guide and control the vehicle whilst towing
- How to competently reverse a vehicle and trailer
- How to uncouple and recouple the trailer safely and competently
- Use the road under the Highway Code
- Drive safely and responsibly in the traffic system
- Road safety benefits
- Fuel-saving driving techniques
- Safe driving techniques
- Safe loading
- Vehicle-handling techniques
- Legislative requirements
Successful completion of training is demonstrated by the drivers’ ability to discuss and demonstrate all 12 aspects of driving whilst towing a trailer, to the satisfaction of the trainer. This can be evaluated through ongoing assessment throughout the training or at an end-point assessment, depending on the needs of the individual and employers. The assessment may be carried out by the course trainer or other competent qualified person.
Who can take advantage of this training?
From 16 December 2021, people in Great Britain who passed a DVSA driving test, category B, after 1 January 1997, are allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.
Any driver who holds a current, full category B driving licence can undertake this training as a way to improve their driving competence. Drivers will therefore have the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to demonstrate that they have maintained and continued to improve their driving competence since they gained their full category B driving licence.
How is the training structured?
Drivers must undertake training, covering the contents of this syllabus which provides them with specific training on how to tow a trailer, up to 3,500kg MAM with a category B vehicle. The duration of training will be based on a judgement by the trainer, of the ability of the driver and the time that will be required for them to meet the aim of the syllabus.
The training will be a mixture of theory and practical elements.
Vehicle and trailer combinations
You should take your training in a vehicle combination that suits your needs. For some people this may be a light trailer and car, for others there may be a much heavier weight requirement for the trailer and towing vehicle. Towing combination fall in to three broad groups:
- Unbraked trailers - A trailer with a maximum permitted weight of 750kg or lower, is not required to have brakes. These trailers are generally used to transport gardening waste or general household goods. If the trailer has brakes they must be in good working order.
- Medium sized vehicles and trailers - These are combinations where the Maximum Authorised Mass (or MAM) of the towing vehicle plus the MAM of the trailer or caravan is less than 3,500 kg. A simple way of describing this is the heaviest that the vehicle and the trailer when fully loaded must not exceed 3,500 kg when the two weights are added together.
- Large category B vehicles, towing large braked trailers - These trailers could include horse trailers and larger caravans and caged trailers loaded with small plant & machinery.
For example, a large 4X4 SUV with a maximum authorised mass of up to 3,500 kg and be able to tow a trailer with a maximum authorised mass of 3,500 kg. This vehicle is legally capable of towing a large horse box or a large 6 berth caravan.
Whatever you tow you should make sure you know how to drive, use and operate it safely.
Motorists can find out more about towing safely by visiting our safe towing guidance on the GOV.UK website.
To speak to our accreditation team, please either contact us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0117 927 8800.