Do I need a special license to tow a trailer?

In South Africa, whether you need a special license to tow a trailer depends on the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the trailer:

  • Code B license: If the trailer’s GVM is less than 750 kg (1,653 lbs), you can tow it with a standard South African driver’s license (code B).
  • Code EB license: If the trailer’s GVM exceeds 750 kg, you require a code EB license to tow it legally. This license specifically allows towing trailers with a GVM exceeding 750 kg.

It’s important to note that:

  • Code C or C1 licenses do not allow towing trailers exceeding 750 kg.
  • All license codes starting with E (EB, EC, and EC1) permit towing trailers with a GVM exceeding 750 kg.
  • If you are caught towing a trailer exceeding the permitted weight limit for your license, you could face fines and penalties.

Here are some resources for further information:

Remember, it’s crucial to ensure you have the correct license for the trailer you intend to tow to comply with regulations and ensure safe driving practices.