Minibus Trailer Training D1E
Minibus Trailer Training: many drivers are unaware that they are towing illegally. Anyone who passed their Driving Test after January 1st 1997 is not entitled to drive a minibus with a gross weight (maximum authorised mass or MAM) of more than 3.5 tonnes or 4.25 tonnes if the bus has been adapted to be accessible. In order to be able to tow a trailer you can now direct access the Minibus and Trailer tests without first having to sit your Minibus test.
For D1 E the test centre we use is Peterborough. The test is in two parts an off-road test (CPC3a) where you will be asked to reverse around a pre-set course to assess your manoeuvring skills then you have to demonstrate your ability to uncouple and couple the trailer as well as moving the towing vehicle alongside the trailer between these exercises.
As a separate booking you will have your driving test (CPC3b). You will be expected to drive to a high standard for about an hour taking the length and width of the combination into consideration and observing different speed limits. No manoeuvres are carried out on this part of the test but attention must be paid to correct mirror use and positioning of the combination since towing a trailer requires a tighter line than driving solo. You will be pulled up regularly to demonstrate you can move off under control and safely. Consideration of oncoming traffic is also assessed as is a section of independent driving where you will be asked to follow a series of road signs.
Tests and training are in Peterborough.
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