Towing Licence Basic Information

If you need to tow a trailer or horsebox you are required by law to hold a ‘BE’ licence, your Car Licence (B category) only covers you to drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg and trailer up to 750kg. Gardai are actively pursuing drivers towing trailers to confirm they are holders of the correct BE licence as without it you are not insured and could be prosecuted.

At Naas Driving Academy we are committed to giving our pupils exceptional driving instruction in our jeep and box trailer, which are available to hire for lessons and test. Our jeep and trailer comes laden to increase the weight so it is compliant with the requirements set out by the RSA for real total mass for the driving test.

BE licence

The BE licence covers a vehicle up to 3,500kg G.V.W. towing a trailer and load with a total combined weight which must not exceed 3,500kg.

CE1 Licence

This licence will allow a driver to drive a vehicle from 3,500kg to 7,500kg with a trailer and load attached. The total combined weight of the towing vehicle, the trailer and the load must not exceed 12,000kg. Each vehicle has a recommend towing weight from the manufacturer, so it advisable to check theses weights.

CE Licence

This licence is a full towing licence and has no weight restriction as long as the vehicle can tow the weight of the trailer and load combined. The BE and EC1 licences will automatically come with this full licence.

How to get a learner permit

BE Car and Trailer Lessons

Naas Driving Academy has been teaching the BE licence which was previously known as an EB licence for over 15 years. The only difference with the new BE licence is the weight restriction of 3,500kg which was introduced in January 2013. You can be assured that our team of highly skilled instructors can guide you through your driving test.
On average each driver would need 5 hours to pass their driving test for the BE licence. The driving test is a full test including Road position; Observation; Reaction to hazards; mirror work; progress; vehicle controls; speed; traffic controls; reversing left or right. While most of our customers are very experienced at towing and reversing trailers, they all have bad habits, which is natural for all drivers and this is the only thing that will let them down on the day of the driving test. Naas Driving Academy can currently boast a 98.7% pass rate for the category BE licence where the customer takes 5 hours training.

Vehicles suitable for the BE category driving test.

A combination, made up of a category B test vehicle which should be either (a) a length of at least 4.25 metres or (b) a four wheel drive vehicle. It must have a capable speed of at least 100km/h
The trailer must have D.G.W of at least 1,400k.g but not exceeding 3,500k.g, must be an enclosed boxed body trailer which is at least as wide and as high as the towing vehicle and have a length of at least 2.4 metres. The closed boxed body trailer may also be slightly less wide than the towing vehicle provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external mirrors. The trailer must be presented with a real total mass weight and this is achieved with 30 x 4 inch cement blocks securely loaded into the trailer
Naas Driving Academy can supply the full jeep and loaded trailer for the driving test or you can have the option to use your own towing vehicle and our trailer. Otherwise if you can supply the loaded trailer you can then use your own vehicle.
You can contact our highly expert staff for any further information or to book a training session.