The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will soon publish guidelines on towing trailers safely. Here are their top tips.
The trailers you are allowed tow are dependent on your licence type. The RSA recommend checking your licence before towing.
- A category B driving licence allows you to drive a car, van or 4x4 which the maximum weight does not exceed 3,500kg.
- Drivers holding a B licence can tow trailers weighing less then 750kg.
- If the trailer weight exceeds 750kg, the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer must not exceed 3,500kg.
- A category BE driving licence allows you to tow a trailer where the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is greater than 3,500kg.
- Generally a category B licence does not entitle the holder to tow a horsebox or a livestock trailer because the combined maximum weight would exceed 3,500kg.
- The holder of a Category B Learner permit may not tow any trailer.
- The maximum speed limit for a vehicle towing a trailer is 80km/h, this applies on all roads.
The RSA also suggest that farmers and those towing trailers ensure they are aware of the towing capacity of their vehicles and that trailers are in safe working order.
- The towing capacity and load carrying of your vehicle must also be examined.
- It is the responsibility of the individual drawing the trailer to insure that it is road worthy and free from defects.
- To be fully compliant while towing you must be taxed, insured and the vehicle must have passed the NCT or CVRT
- All drivers towing trailers are responsible for learning how to couple/uncouple a trailer safely.
- Loads must be evenly distributed and securely tied down.
- Special care is needed when towing a trailer as your vehicle will handle differently.
- Take note of the vehicle identification number (VIN), it is usually stamped on the trailer chassis.