Do you have a licence to tow?

2016-07-14 06:00

MANY families have used theses school holidays­ to get away, towing trailers, boats or caravans behind them.

But, unbeknown to many, their driving licence may not be legal to tow these trailers.

It is assumed by many drivers in South Africa that by passing their driver’s test, they are automatically qualified to tow, and while this was once the case, it has not been for a long time.

In 2000, the government changed to the credit card-type driving licence. When this happened, all code 08 licences were automatically converted to EB code licences. Since then, all new standard driving licences issued are only code B licences.

What this means is that a code B licence allows a motorist to tow a light luggage trailer weighing less than 750 kilograms (fully laden). To tow a heavier trailer, caravan or boat, a code EB licence is required.

“Code B drivers, who tow trailers heavier than 750kgs are doing so illegally,” the AA warned.

The law does not make provision for a simple upgrade from the code B to the code EB licence. Motorists who want a code EB licence must retake the tests, with a trailer weighing more than 750kgs.

The AA said it is important for motorists to ensure their vehicles, including a trailer or caravan, are roadworthy and legally certified for towing.

- Automobile Association.

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