‘No licence - no insurance’ – Gardai clampdown on drivers with no trailer licence
Farmers are reminded that there are new regulations in place that all farmers should be aware of which centre around the type of licence you require in order to pull a trailer.
It comes as Gardai stopped a driver in Wexford this week towing a trailer without the appropriate licence.
Gardai said the driver had no licence to tow a trailer- so he had no insurance.
Driver stopped in Wexford. No licence to tow trailer- so no insurance. He won't be able to dig his way out ot that. pic.twitter.com/6k4YFLjZFv— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) March 14, 2017
Most people who hold a driving licence for a car or jeep have a category B driving licence, which allows you to tow a small trailer.
Under this you can drive a vehicle towing a trailer, firstly, where the maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the trailer is not greater than 750kg.
Secondly, in instances where the MAM of the trailer exceeds 750kg, but the combined MAM of the towing vehicle and the trailer is not greater than 3,500kg.
The weight limits apply to the weight of the trailer and contents combined when fully loaded. The minimum age to apply for this type of licence is 17.
As a general rule, a category B licence does not entitle the holder to tow a horsebox or a livestock trailer for bringing animals to the local mart because the combined maximum mass would exceed 3,500kg.