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L plates and Towing 1 week 1 day ago #472496

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At Telford yesterday the guy opposite helped his wife hitch up. She was driving. Once sorted off they went displaying L Plates on rear of the caravan and front and rear of the car. She was I her 50s. If she passed her test after 1997 does she need L Plates on the caravan. If she is just a novice on a provisional licence is she permitted to tow?
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L plates and Towing 1 week 1 day ago #472497

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AFAIK you can tow a combination over 3500KG with a B licence if accompanied by a driver who has held the B+E entitlement for 4(i think) years if you display L plates.
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L plates and Towing 1 week 1 day ago #472498

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CustardAvenger wrote:
AFAIK you can tow a combination over 3500KG with a B licence if accompanied by a driver who has held the B+E entitlement for 4(i think) years if you display L plates.

I thought it was 3 years !?

Edit .... www.helpingldrivers.com/private-practice/the-law/
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L plates and Towing 1 week 1 day ago #472499

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Novice drivers who do not hold a full driving licence are permitted to tow provided that all conditions such as eyesight requirements and insurance are met.
Years ago when I was learning to drive Class I articulated HGVs I'd cut my teeth on light vans, seven and a half tonners, then a Class 3 vehicle which was a 4 wheel HGV up to 16 tonnes before graduating to the big wheelers, all at the company's expense natch :lol:
It helped that my then father in law (rest his soul) was a director of the company ;)
When I was trundling round driving an unladen artic, the guy who was sharing the instructors time with me and who worked for a local council didn't have a full driving licence, so in addition to the large HGV learner plates the truck also displayed normal car L plates.
Obviously he was used to driving a car under supervision but hadn't passed his driving test at the time so in effect he killed two birds with one stone.
Perhaps the lady hadn't got a full UK driving licence or maybe she was trying for a B+E qualification under supervision?
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