nvHerman wrote:I believe that you can use a Cat. B (standard car) licence for a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of up to 3.5 tonnes (big Transit, or 3-series Sprinter etc.), between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes you need Cat. C1 (light-heavy commercial), which you used to get as standard when you passed your Cat B test. C1+E lets you run a combination with a Gross Train Weight (GTW) of 8.25 tonnes (7.5 tonne max. towing vehicle with 750kg trailer). Heavier than this and you need to take full LGV (Cat. C + E licence).
Nobody has so far pointed out that for anything above 3.5 tonnes (with or without a trailer), you'll need a tachograph and an Operator's (O) Licence.
But they have to catch you first.....
Are you allowed to pull a trailer that weighs more than your car, for safety reasons?
I know trucks do this, but they have trailer braking systems that are instant-on, not ones that activate the trailer brakes by hitch pushing against tow ball.
I think you are right on most points here. We'll probably get a policeman from this site to interpret/explain the law as they understand it. But that's the problem, even the police are unsure. A mate of mine tows a twin axle caravan with the big Landcruiser. They weigh 3 tons and the van 2. Police stopped him and prosecuted him. At court it was thrown out, Turns out, you can tow such an outfit with your basic "old type" car licence. It's not a goods vehicle and it's not "for hire or reward"
Tachographs: We use/have 7.5 tonne trucks. We DO NOT have to use a tacho because we deliver our own goods within a 25 mile radius of our operating centre.
Q: Are you allowed to pull a trailer that weighs more than your car, for safety reasons?
A: YES. A Land Rover Discovery weighs, 2 tonnes but is plated to tow 3.5. which happens to be the legal max allowed in the UK, but he "Caravan club" recommend the 85% rule. Doesn't figure, does it.
All cars have a weight plate some where, this shows/states the legal loading/towing capacity.
This is how I understand/interpret the law. If you understand or get around it in another way, please tell.