Cat B+E - Car and Trailer

HSM Driver Training Ltd – St Albans, Hertfordshire offer lessons, training and refresher courses for anyone wishing to tow trailers, as well as B+E DVSA test. Our highly experienced, fully qualified driving instructors can help you learn to tow a trailer or give you tips and advice if you already have your B+E Car & Trailer licence.


Course details

Licences issued from 1 January 1997

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

  • drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

You will need to pass an additional B+E driving test if you wish to tow a caravan, horse box or any other trailer combination which exceeds these weight limits.

Once passing a B+E test:

You will will be restricted to towing a trailer not heavier than 3,500kg, and the combined MAM of the car and trailer must not be more than 7,000kg.if you need to tow trailers heavyer than this a category C1+E will need to be taken.

(MAM also known as gross vehicle weight)

Licences issued before 1 January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM


Please feel free to contact us for further help and advice, 01582 715111

Cost of training

HSM Driver Training Ltd offer 1.5, 2 or 3-day B+E training courses with the DVSA test at the end of the last day. All of our training is on a 1 to 1 basis; however, we do also offer training for larger groups. 

Training including towing vehicle, trailer, insurance and fuel:

3 Days ( 6 Hours a day –  1 on 1 instruction) 

  • 18 Hours One on one instruction
  • DVSA B+E test taken end of second day
  • Total cost – £895 exc vat – (including £115 test fee and vat £1051)

2 Days ( 6 Hours a day –  1 on 1 instruction) 

  • 12 Hours One on one instruction
  • DVSA B+E test taken end of second day
  • Total cost – £615 exc vat – (including £115 test fee and vat £715)

1.5 Days ( 9 Hours split between day 1&2 –  1 on 1 instruction) 

  • 9 Hours One on one instruction
  • DVSA B+E test taken end of second day
  • Total cost – £505 – (including £115 test fee and vat £583)


  • Recap lesson followed with re test (5.5 hours)
  • Total cost – £395 –  (including £115 test fee and vat £451)

Cost for 2 Persons – 3 days ( 6 Hours a day )

  • 18 Hours instruction
  • DVSA B+E tests taken at end of third day
  • Total cost – £1030 – including x2 £115 test fee ( £1190 inc VAT )  


Please feel free to contact us for further help and advice, 01582 715111

How to obtain your B+E trailer licence

To obtain your B+E licence:

No additional theory or hazard perception test is needed, so once you are ready to book your training contact us by email or call on 01582 715111 and we can arrange training and a test.

There are 6 parts to the car and trailer test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • reversing your vehicle
  • general driving ability
  • independent driving
  • uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

You’ll drive for around 50 minutes.

Eyesight check:

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions:

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.

Reversing your vehicle:

You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer into a restricted space and stop at a certain point.

The examiner will show you a diagram of where to reverse your vehicle.

Your general driving ability:

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, including in town, faster roads, country lanes and motorways.

The examiner will give you directions during the test, however you need to obey all road signs and markings at all times. We will practice around the test centre area, as well as known tricky spots.

Pulling over at the side of the road:

During the test you’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:

  • normal stops at the side of the road
  • pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
  • a hill start

Independent driving:

You’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of verbal directions
  • a combination of both

Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer:

You’ll be asked to:

  • uncouple your car from the trailer
  • park the car alongside the trailer
  • realign the car with the trailer and recouple them

Once passing a B+E test:

You will will be restricted to towing a trailer not heavier than 3,500kg, and the combined MAM of the car and trailer must not be more than 7,000kg. If you need to tow trailers heavier than this, a category C1+E will need to be taken.

(MAM also known as gross vehicle weight)


Please feel free to contact us for further help and advice, 01582 715111

Contact us


    Ben Purvis

    Great instructors, had Matt for the duration who was excellent throughout, despite failing first time he didnt lose interest and saw me through passing second time. can't recommend them enough!

    Christopher Edwards

    Great school. I have taken the three day c1 d1 training course and passed the d1 yesturday with two minors and c1 today with one minor. The instructors i had, Matt and Dan were great, friendly and got me through both tests. If u need these on your licence i would definately recommend HSM. You do lots of driving and practice all the test route areas and go to the tests feeling confident. Thank you both again.

    Billy Stanley

    Excellent service from Matt passed my c1 test first time highly recommend.

    Matthew Fisher

    Fantastic gents here! Highly accommodating, extremely professional and very skilled. I think the service for the price is great value! Couldn’t be happier with my experience and highly recommend them. Well done ?

    Jim Rows

    Passed both c1 and d1 first time due to the excellent instructors. Both Matt and Dan made me feel very relaxed throughout the course. As it's a family run company they actually care about you and want you to succeed. Highly recommend using them.

    Kasia Hanzel

    Fab experience.Did my C1 in 2 days.Great people and great help.Thanks guys x

    Sophie Maynard

    Brilliant couple of days training with Matt. He broke everything down, making it really straightforward and relaxed, and made sure I was ready to pass my b+e first time. Would recommend to anyone, great process from start to finish. Thank you!

    Gemma Major

    Matt was a fantastic instructor, he made me feel much more relaxed and confident, helping me to pass first time.

    William Bacon

    Matt and Roy were both fantastic instructors, they both turned what has the potential to be a very stressful experience into a fun and relaxed experience whilst remaining highly professional and instructive at the same time. Thanks guys! I would recommend them to anybody.

    Braço Forte Mão Amiga

    I trained with HSM driver training. What a great bunch of guys! Dan, Roy and Matt were superb. From the first contact I had with them, asking questions about price and conditions, to the condition of the vehicles and the super quality of the training they provided me with, meant I passed both my C1 and D1 cats first time with no problems at all. All thanks to their knowledge, experience and patience in explaining it all. The whole experience was easy and pleasant, from start to finish. I’d definitely recommend them to anyone wishing to pass first time! From a very happy customer!

    Christina Birch

    I did my B+E towing training and test with HSM and would highly recommend them. I really struggled to get to grips with the reverse manoeuvre. The instructors were so patient and came up with lots of ways to help me get my head round it. Thanks to their hard work I managed to pass my test first time. Thank you HSM!

    Remi Goldsmith

    I had failed a few tests before with different instructors so had completely given up hope of passing! Then I got Roy as an instructor and he was so patient and had a very relaxed approached to teaching. I was an extremely nervous driver but Roy’s calm teaching manner and sense of humour slowly helped build up my confidence to be a better driver so I was able to pass my test in the end! I would definitely recommend Roy as an instructor!

    Nick bailey

    Great company, would recommend for anyone who wants to pass first time. ?


    Really enjoyed my driving lessons with the harpenden school of motoring. Not only was Matt really friendly but importantly he also gave great driving instruction; he explained things very clearly and was always happy to tailor his approach to help me with any areas which I struggled with. I started lessons at the end of September and just over two months later I'd passed my test first time, with 0 minors, so I really couldn't recommend HSM more highly!

    Jack Fellowes-Prynne

    I did the 3 day course and passed first time, Matt was a great instructor and very informative.

    Scott Marshal

    Very professional and booked me in for a test last minute. Well recommended.

    James Rowlands

    Passed both c1 d1 due to the excellent instrcutors. Both Matt and Dan made me fell very relaxed early on. The company is a family run and it really comes across as they care and want you to succed. Highly recommend them.

    Zoe Mullally

    Completed my D1 minibus training with Dan and Matt, and passed first time! Great instructors that make you feel at ease from the start. Couldn't recommend them enough.

    Craig Baxter

    Just finished my weeks training and tests for cat C and cpc today, passed both tests first time, massive thanks to Matt my instructor, really helpfull and puts you at ease, would defiantly recommend this company to anyone wanting driver training!


    Passed my C1/D1 tests first time around with Roy. Was very patient with me and is an excellent instructor . Would recommend this company very highly to anyone looking to gain a larger vehicle licence as well as a car licence.

    Casey Ward

    Can not say enough good things about this company the training was spot. The trainer was very good at his job and the vehicle was great. Again would recommend to anyone can not say enough about these guys.

    Peter Searle

    Great driving school! I enjoyed my LGV course. Highly recommend.

    Mario Shephard

    Top class's service. Very professional and highly recommend. Passed my Cpc and c1 first time. Thank you so much guys.

    Matthew Pring

    Really enjoyable few days with Matt. Felt very well prepared for the test. Very personable, honest and helpful throughout the experience. I would highly recommend HSM to anyone looking to undertake their test.

    Jakob Green

    I have just finished my 3 days of mini bus training and have passed first time. I had Matt train me over the 3 days and he was excellent. Matt made me feel very relaxed and was very knowledgeable. He took me round all the routes that I could have had on my test so I was familiar with the roads. I would definitely recommend this company.

    Benjamin Wolf

    I had great input from Roy and Dan during my 3 day C1/D1 course. Really helped me get rid of bad habits, improve my driving and pass first time; would recommend HSM every time. Thanks guys 🙂

    Katie Simpkin

    I completed my D1 minibus training with Matt over the course of 3 days and he was extremely knowledgeable, honest and helpful. We practiced test routes which was great as I was unfamiliar with the area and it put me more at ease! It was an enjoyable few days learning so I would definitely recommend using HSM driver training. Thanks Matt!

    Christian Valente

    Just passed my B+E today after a 1.5 day training course and test with very little experience towing, had the pleasure of meeting Dan and Matt on separate days and couldn't fault either of them, both really professional, good teachers and I would highly recommend. Will definitely be sending my misses to do her training with them when she wants to do it.

    Richard Jackson

    A really good and professional company. I did my bus PSV test with Matt, a really nice guy with a lot of patience. Saw others from the company being taught in HGV and trailer reversing all at their yard. Highly recommended.

    12th October 2017