djswampy wrote:. My licence says I can tow a car (van) and trailer combination of anything so long as my train doesn't exceed 3.5 tonnes and the trailer isn't more than the car (van). the rating plate says:
Gross vehicle weight (box 27) 3300KG
Gross Train weight (box 26) 5300KG
Motor vehicle driving licence regs are an absolute nightmare. The regulation states for Category B"Any motor vehicle, other than a vehicle included in category A, F or P, having a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 3.5 tonnes and not more than 8 seats in addition to the driver's seat, including-
(i) a combination of such a vehicle and a trailer where the trailer has a maximum authorised mass not exceeding 750 kg, and
(ii) a combination of such a vehicle and a trailer where the maximum authorised mass of the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and the maximum authorised mass of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the tractor vehicle."
If the maximum authorised mass (gross plated weight) of your vehicle is 3300kg, and the maximum authorised mass of your vehicle and trailer (train weight) is 5300kg, then as soon as you put a trailer on the vehicle which is plated at more than 200kgs gross weight (very small, I know) then your maximum authorised train weight will exceed 3500kgs,
i.e, if your trailer has a gross plated weight of 1000kgs (1 tonne) then as soon as you put it behind your vehicle, your maximum authorised mass is 4300kgs (3300kgs for the van + 1000kgs for the trailer)
Basically, you can't tow a trailer other than a very very small one behind your vehicle, with your licence.