Omagh Car & Trailer Training

DSM Training, Omagh are located in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. We use the local Omagh Driver and Testing Centre, we will familiarise you with what is expected from you during your test, prior to starting training with DSM Training.

Are you Legal to tow a trailer?

 ” Passed your car driving test in the last 12 years? ”

Changes to the licensing and testing system on 1st January 1997 saw the introduction of one completely new test, the B+E car and trailer test.

Although this test has been around for some 8 years now, a huge number of people, including some instructors are completely unaware of it. This has led to numerous incidences of people driving unlicensed, and uninsured through ignorance of the law.

The regulations regarding the towing of trailers, written by the European Committee were not designed in a way that is straightforward or easy to understand. The resulting rules are extremely confusing and are a minefield for the unwary.

Here is a summary of the rules; this SHOULD NOT be taken as a full explanation.  Please read the latest information provided on the NI Direct website – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/car-and-trailer-practical-driving-test

A B+E driving licence is required to tow a large trailer behind a motor vehicle.A car is defined as a vehicle with no more than 8 seats, and a maximum permitted weight of 3500kg. A trailer is anything that is towed by a vehicle e.g.

A car is defined as a vehicle with no more than 8 seats, and a maximum permitted weight of 3500kg. A trailer is anything that is towed by a vehicle e.g. Horse boxes, Box van, large caravan, Car transporters etc. Trailers with a gross weight of more than 750kg need to be fitted with brakes, usually “over-run” brakes worked from the tow ball.A driver without a B+E licence can tow a trailer, providing the gross weight of the trailer is less than the

A driver without a B+E licence can tow a trailer, providing the gross weight of the trailer is less than the un-laden weight of the towing vehicle. The whole combination must weigh less than 3500kg in total. A post ’97 licence holder

A post ’97 licence holder can however tow a trailer with a gross weight of around 1.5 tons, providing the towing vehicle and trailer are very carefully matched. If this matching is not done correctly, it will fail to comply with the exemption, resulting in the driver being unlicensed and uninsured. In a court of law this could carry a maximum of 9 penalty points and a £1000 fine and in some cases even a ban.

A car is defined as a vehicle with no more than 8 seats, and a maximum permitted weight of 3500kg. A trailer is anything that is towed by a vehicle e.g. Horse boxes, Box van, large caravan, Car transporters etc. Trailers with a gross weight of more than 750kg need to be fitted with brakes, usually “over-run” brakes worked from the tow ball.A driver without a B+E licence can tow a trailer, providing the gross weight of the trailer is less than the

A driver without a B+E licence can tow a trailer, providing the gross weight of the trailer is less than the

A driver without a B+E licence can tow a trailer, providing the gross weight of the trailer is less than the un-laden weight of the towing vehicle. The whole combination must weigh less than 3500kg in total. A post ’97 licence holder

A post ’97 licence holder can however tow a trailer with a gross weight of around 1.5 tons, providing the towing vehicle and trailer are very carefully matched. If this matching is not done correctly, it will fail to comply with the exemption, resulting in the driver being unlicensed and uninsured. In a court of law this could carry a maximum of 9 penalty points and a £1000 fine and in some cases even a ban.

Omagh Car & Trailer Training Course

Our Trailer training & Towing course comprises:-
A full day of instruction on the first day.  We offer a 2 day training course for all students 17+ who hold a Full Driving Licence (Category B) and wish to obtain the licence allowing them to tow a trailer (Category B+E).  A one-to-one form of tuition, or 2 students together.
The two day course includes the B+E Test on the afternoon of the second day.  We rarely, if ever, take more than 2 students on a course at any one time.  The two training days are run with a break of either 3-7days or back to back, to allow students time to practice the exercises they learnt on the first day, in readiness for the second day of training. We have found that this method of training can make the difference between those who pass first time, and those who fail.  If there is a time limit for students to qualify, they may opt for ‘back to back’ training.
We cover all aspects of the B+E test, these include:-
  1. Driving on the public highway, including dual carriageways and motorways where available.
  2. Trailer reversing.
  3. Uncoupling and recoupling.
  4. The braking exercise.

On Road – We will bring you back up to Driving Test standard and encourage you to lose all the bad habits you may have accumulated; such as one-handed steering and resting a hand on the gear stick. The on road training will cover trailer-handling, observations, road positioning, planning and awareness, signalling, use of controls, mirrors, and speed.

Off Road – During training, we will take you to the off-road area where we will run through the exercises and assist you in becoming confident and competent. We will cover:-

Reversing – accuracy, control, and all-round observation for a snake reverse into a bay park.

Braking – controlled stop at 20mph through coned area.

Uncoupling and Recoupling – release trailer from vehicle, move forward and park alongside, before re-attaching trailer as a new and unfamiliar trailer. Accuracy, control and safety being of prime importance.

In fact, we provide you with everything you will need to accomplish your qualification.

  • Coverage of the on road and off road syllabus for the Test.
  • The everyday use of trailers and trailer awareness.
  • A suitable Trailer.
  • We provide you with insurance throughout training and during the Test.
  • We provide all the fuel you will use during training, and also on the Test.
  • After the first day’s training, students are given an information booklet designed to help them.