Gardai Increase Trailer Licence and Insurance Checks

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New regulations for towing are causing confusion and problems for trailer owners as no proper licence means no insurance.

If you hold a category B licence, you are ok, provided the maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the trailer is less than 750kg or where the MAM of the trailer is greater than 750kg but the MAM of the trailer and the towing vehicle combined is less than 3,500kg.

The weight measurement includes the contents of the trailer.

(MAM) – Manufacturers generally refer to it as gross vehicle weight (GVW) and it is usually displayed on a metal plate attached to the vehicle by the manufacturer.

Therefore the category B licence does not permit you to tow a horsebox of livestock trailer as the combined weight would exceed 3,500kg.

In this case you will need to apply and complete a driving test for a Category BE licence.

For more details go towww.ndls.ie/licence-categories.html

Category Vehicle type Minimum age*
AM Mopeds and Light quadricycles. 16 years
A1 Motorcycles with an engine capacity not exceeding 125 cubic centimetres, with a power rating not exceeding 11 kW and with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.1 kW/kg. Motor tricycles with a power rating not exceeding 15 kW. 16 years
A2 Motorcycles with a power rating not exceeding 35 kW, with a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2 kW/kg and not derived from a vehicle of more than double its power. 18 years
A Motorcycles and Motor tricycles. 24 years or 20 with progressive access
B Vehicles (other than motorcycles, mopeds, work vehicles or land tractors) having a MAM1 not exceeding 3,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver.

The vehicle may tow a trailer (a) where the MAM of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg or (b) where the MAM of the trailer exceeds 750kg the combined MAM of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg.

Quadricycles (other than those covered by AM) are also covered by this category.

17 years
BE Combination of drawing vehicles in category B and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 3,500 kg. 17 years
W Work vehicles and land tractor with or without a trailer. 16 years
C Vehicles (other than work vehicles or land tractors) having a MAM1 exceeding 3,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 21 years or 18 with CPC
CE Combination of drawing vehicles in category C and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 21 years or 18 with CPC
C1 Vehicles in category C having a MAM1 weight not exceeding 7,500 kg, designed and constructed for the carriage of no more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 18 years
C1E Combination of drawing vehicles in category C1 and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg and where the MAM1 of the drawing vehicle and trailer combined does not exceed 12,000 kg.
Combination of drawing vehicles in category B with trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 3,500 kg and where the MAM1 of the drawing vehicle and trailer combined does not exceed 12,000 kg.
18 years
D Vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of more than eight passengers in addition to the driver and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 24 years or 21 years with CPC
DE Combination of drawing vehicles in category D and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 24 years or 21 years with CPC
D1 Vehicles in category D designed and constructed for the carriage of not more than sixteen passengers in addition to the driver with a maximum length not exceeding 8 metres and where the MAM1 of the trailer is not greater than 750 kg. 21 years
D1E Combination of drawing vehicles in category D1 and trailer where the MAM1 of the trailer is greater than 750 kg. 21 years