Getting a trailer licence in the UK is a relatively common thing to do. Here at the HGV Training Centre, we routinely run classes for students looking to obtain a Category B+E or Category C1 licence to tow a cargo trailer, caravan, or horsebox trailer. Better yet, our trailer licence cost is very and reasonable when compared to our competitors. With a minimal investment in time and financial resources, you can be legally licenced to tow a trailer with your car.
So, how much does getting a trailer licence cost? We cannot give you a hard and fast number because there are several things in play. Of course, there is the cost of tuition for your training programme. Then you may have to spend a bit of money on your car and trailer to make sure it meets legal standards prior to taking the trailer test. You will also have to pay for the test itself. The best way to work out how much you will spend is to contact us at the HGV Training Centre and speak to one of our training specialists.
In the remainder of the guide, we will briefly explain each of the three categories of costs listed above. We want you to understand exactly what you are paying for as you go through the training and licencing process. Hopefully, you will discover that your actual trailer licence cost is well worth the investment because it gives you the opportunity to do some things that were previously unavailable to you.
The first and most immediate expense associated with getting your trailer licence is paying for your training. There are companies all across the UK offering a variety of training programmes, from the most basic to the incredibly complex. Here at the HGV Training Centre, we like to think of our car and trailer programme as being ‘just right’.
Our training goes well beyond simple towing basics that may not necessarily prepare you to pass your car and trailer test. At the same time, we do not put our students through a long and complicated class that deals with a lot of information the car and trailer test does not require. We provide just what you need – both in classroom knowledge and practical experience.
We offer three different training courses depending on experience levels. These courses are:
We do not publish the tuition prices for our car and trailer courses here on our website because they are subject to change. However, you need only contact us to learn more about our pricing. One of our customer service specialists would be happy to walk you through the trailer licence cost related to the particular course you are interested in taking.
When it comes time for you to actually take your car and trailer test, you will need to supply your own vehicles. However, you cannot bring just any car and trailer to the test. Both vehicles need to meet minimum safety standards before the test is conducted. If an examiner determines your car and trailer do not meet standards, he or she will disqualify the vehicles and refuse to conduct the test.
Assuming your car and trailer are already up to standard, you may not need to spend any additional money. But be absolutely sure; the last thing you want is to drive to the testing centre, wait for your turn, and then find out you cannot be tested because your vehicles do not qualify.
Pay particular attention to the following:
As you can see, the requirements for tow vehicles and trailers are rather stringent. Getting your car and trailer up to standards might require a significant investment before taking the test. However, it is a long-term investment that has to be made anyway – whether you do it just prior to your test or a few months down the line.
The final thing to consider relating to trailer licence cost is booking your test. The good news is that you do not need an additional theory test in order to get your trailer licence, so there is no extra cost there. For the practical driving test, the cost is £115 for weekdays appointments and £141 for evening, weekend, and bank holiday appointments.
Please be aware that your test booking fee is non-refundable. If you fail, you will not get your money back. Furthermore, you will have to pay a second charge in order to rebook a new test. This is why it is imperative to undergo proper training before taking your car and trailer test. You do not want to have to pay the testing fee multiple times just to pass.
There is more to the trailer licence cost than meets the eye. Drivers invest in their training, their cars and trailers, and in booking their tests. We cannot help with any costs associated with updating your car and trailer, but we can help with tuition costs for training. We offer a financing package made available through our partnership with Pay 4 Later on every course in our catalogue. By financing your training now, you will be able to earn your trailer licence and pay for your training over time. And for the record, our fee includes the cost of booking the first test for you.
If you need to earn your trailer licence, we encourage you to contact the HGV Training Centre. We keep our trailer licence cost as low as possible so that you can afford it. Contact us to learn more about pricing and class schedules.
The HGV Training Centre trains over 200 people per month. We are the UK’s largest specialist vehicle training company, training for some of the UK’s biggest organisations.
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