Do you have li­cence to tow?

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

Many fam­i­lies will be us­ing the next school hol­i­days to get away for a hol­i­day, tak­ing their trail­ers, boats or car­a­vans with them.

But, un­be­known to many of them, is the fact that their cur­rent driv­ing li­cences 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 li­cences. 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 are tow­ing trail­ers heav­ier than 750 kgs 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 750 kgs.

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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