Business Driver Assessment and Development

 
 

Towing is a subject that causes more confusion than any other when it comes to driving business vehicles.

  

Who can Tow?


The rules are fairly straightforward, but there is much confusion and misunderstanding about what a driver can and cannot tow on their licence.

The best source of information is the booklet INF30 issued by the DVLA, which should answer any question you may have relating to Licensing.


But what about tachographs?

 

It seems that many operators are either ignorant of, or are ignoring, the law regarding tachographs when it comes to driving vehicles with trailers.

In the event of a collision involving a vehicle towing a trailer, the consequences can be very serious for both the driver and the operator.

A surprising number of business vehicle users are not having tachographs fitted, and are very likely to be on the wrong side of the law: of all the vans on the roads with towbars fitted, less than 1% have a tachograph!


So what are the Rules?

 

In every case, the weight of the trailer must be added to the gross vehicle weight of the vehicle towing it.

For example, if the tow vehicle has a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes and it’s towing a 2 tonne trailer, the 'train' weight is 5.5 tonnes and the vehicle must have a tachograph – and you’ll need an O-licence to operate it too!

The two main exceptions that may apply to this rule are:

  • If the vehicle is not being used for hire and reward (i.e. not a business use)
  • If the vehicle doesn’t travel more than 50km (33 miles) from its base.


Again, the government website offers the definitive rules: just look here


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