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Trailer driving license

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In order to be allowed to a drive with a trailer, you need to have at least a standard Dutch category B driving license. Depending on the vehicle you are driving and the trailer you want to tow, a category BE or B+ driving license (trailer driving license) may be required.

Driving licence, category B

With a category B driving license you are always allowed to drive with a trailer up to a weight of 750 kg. In this case, the 750 kg is the cumulative weight of the empty trailer + load. For example, if you have a trailer that weighs 200 kg on its own, and you want to transport 500 kg of debris with it, all you need is a category B driving license.

Restrictions

A category B driving license might also be enough for towing a trailer weighing more than 750 kg. In that case, you need to consider the total weight of your car (including passengers) and that of your loaded trailer. For a legitimate use of your category B driving license, this total weight may not exceed 3500 kg. There is an additional restriction. Your loaded trailer cannot be heavier than the total weight of your car, including passengers. For example, if you have a trailer that weighs 1450 kg including load and a car that weighs 1380 kg including load and passengers, you are not allowed to drive with just a category B driving license. In that case, you will have to make the trailer lighter, or shift weight from the trailer to the car. Another thing to always take into account if you want to tow a loaded trailer that weighs more than 750 kg, is to check the maximum weight your car is allowed to tow according to the car manufacturer, which can be found in the manual of your towbar, on your registration certificate or in the instruction manual of your car.

Driving licence, category B+

A B+ driving license is a trailer driving licence with which you are allowed to tow more than 750 kg and may exceed the 3500 kg maximum of the category B license. In this case, your car and loaded trailer may weigh up to 4250 kg together. All other regulations of the category B driving license still apply. You can ask a driving school for more information on how to get a category B driving license.

Trailer driving license, category BE

With a category BE driving license (trailer driving license), you are allowed to tow the maximum tow weight as determined by your car manufacturer, as long as it does not exceed 3500 kg. This rule has been in effect since 19 January 2013. If you obtained your category BE driving license before that date, you can tow as much weight as you want, as long as it does not exceed the car’s tractive force.

Car scales

Car scales are the perfect instrument for determining the weight of your car and the trailer. You place the scales under all four wheels of the car, one by one. The total sum of the four measured weights is the total weight of your car. To measure the weight of your trailer, you have to place the scales under all wheels as well. Here, too, the total sum of measured weight per wheel provides the total weight. Car scales are usually available at your local garage.

More information

Do you need more information? Please visit the RDW. Below we have provided a practical overview of which driving license you need for your combination of car and trailer.

Weight of car (kilos) Weight of trailer (kilos) Required driving license
2.900 650 Driving licence, category B

The combined weight of the car and trailer is more than 3500 kg together, but the trailer is lighter than 750 kg. This is allowed with a category B driving license.

Weight of car (kilos) Weight of trailer (kilos) Required driving license
2.400 850 Driving licence, category B

The trailer is heavier than 750 kg, but the combined weight of car and trailer does not exceed 3500 kg. This is allowed with a category B driving license.

Weight of car (kilos) Weight of trailer (kilos) Required driving license
2.400 1.400 Driving licence, category B+

The trailer is heavier than 750 kg and the combined weight of car and trailer is more than 3500 kg but less than 4250 kg. This is only allowed with a category B+ or BE driving license.

Weight of car (kilos) Weight of trailer (kilos) Required driving license
2.400 2.400 Driving licence, category BE

The trailer is heavier than 750 kg and the combined weight of car and trailer is more than 4250 kg. This is only allowed with a category BE driving license.

Weight of car (kilos) Weight of trailer (kilos) Required driving license
3.000 4.400 Driving licence, category BE
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Laws and regulations

Using a towbar is subject to several required laws and regulations. These dictate that your towbar construction should pass the MOT test, should have a type test and may not obstruct the view of your license plate. However, there are many things to take into account.

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Tow weight

The car manufacturer determines how much weight your car can tow based on test data. You can find this load on your VIN plate. In order to guarantee safety, you should always keep within the limit of this so-called horizontal load with your loaded trailer, caravan, boat trailer or horse box.

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