Gardai stop another 4X4 driver for towing a trailer with the incorrect licence

Yet another 4X4 driver has been pulled over by Gardai this week for pulling a trailer without the proper licence.

A driver of a dark, Toyota Land Cruiser was pulled over in Co. Wexford while towing a trailer, according to a tweet on the official twitter page for An Garda Siochana.

Apparently the driver did not hold a valid BE driving licence, the tweet added. A skid-steer loader was mounted on the double-axle, flat-bed trailer.

A summons is set to be issued to the driver of the Toyota jeep.

Earlier this week, the driver of a jeep towing a horsebox was also pulled over by Gardai in Co. Wexford.

That driver is expected to end up in court for towing a trailer without the correct licence, as well as being on a mobile phone while driving.

Have you got the proper licence?

The type of trailer a driver is allowed to tow depends on which licence they hold, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) states.

A category B driving licence allows you to drive a car, van or 4X4 where the maximum weight does not exceed 3,500kg. This licence type allows you to tow a trailer weighing less than 750kg.

If the trailer – being towed by a person with a category B driving licence – weighs in excess of 750kg, the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle, trailer and its load must not exceed 3,500kg.

Meanwhile, a category BE driving licence allows you to tow a trailer where the combined maximum weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is greater than 3,500kg.

Generally, a category B licence does not entitle the holder to tow a horsebox or a livestock trailer, because the combined maximum weight would exceed 3,500kg, the RSA explained.

The holder of a category B learner permit may not tow any trailer, it added. The maximum speed limit for a vehicle towing a trailer is 80kph; this applies on all roads.

The RSA also advises that farmers and those towing trailers ensure they are aware of the towing capacity of their vehicles and that trailers are in safe working order.