Caravans & Trailers
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Minimum test vehicle requirements for a car and car and trailer test
The minimum test vehicle standards for a car also apply to a car and trailer test, with additional requirements for the trailer. Vehicles that do not meet the minimum test vehicle requirements are not suitable for the purpose of taking a test, and your test may be cancelled with loss of fee.
Test vehicle requirements for a car test and car and trailer test
Category B - car (See notes 1+2)
Cars or vans presented for test must be:
and be fitted with:
A motor powered tricycle or quadricycle must have an unladen weight of not more than 550 kg and be capable of at least 60 km/h (37.25 mph).
Category B + E - car and trailer (See notes 3+ 4)
Cars/vans presented for test must be a category B vehicle towing a suitably braked trailer of at least 1 tonne maximum authorised mass (MAM) . The examiner may ask for evidence of the trailer MAM, eg manufacturers plate.
B + E in the case of a vehicle first used on or after the 1 October 2003 the following additional standards will apply:
the cargo compartment of the trailer must consist of a closed box body which is at least as wide and as high as the tractor vehicle; the closed box body may also be slightly less wide than the tractor vehicle provided that the view to the rear is only possible by use of the external rear-view mirrors of the tractor vehicle.