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MYTHBUSTER
This is likely to raise its head again when the free B+E comes into force possibly on November 16th 2021

There is no law or rule which states the plated MAM of the trailer must fit into the maximum tow capacity of the towing vehicle

There are myths about which say that if the trailer MAM is more than the max tow then it has the potential to be overloaded
One way to think about this word potential is this -
Police stop a car on the motorway doing 70 but then charge the driver as the car has the potential to do 150
As we know that is really silly!

Legal example
Vehicle max tow limit 2000
Trailer MAM 3500
Trailer empty 1000
Max load for trailer 1000 due to the lower limit of 2000
 
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Sorry Rog can I check I’ve understood? So if the car states maximum towing all I need to make sure is that the trailer loaded always weighs less than that, and that the mam of the trailer doesn’t necessarily matter? I have B plus E license and a volvo v90 car and am trying to tow one horse. Most modern trailers plus my horse would be way less than 1700kg from what I can work out.
 

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Sorry Rog can I check I’ve understood? So if the car states maximum towing all I need to make sure is that the trailer loaded always weighs less than that, and that the mam of the trailer doesn’t necessarily matter? I have B plus E license and a volvo v90 car and am trying to tow one horse. Most modern trailers plus my horse would be way less than 1700kg from what I can work out.
MAM does matter if that is lower than the vehicle max tow limit but I think you have considered that although it did not make it clear in your post
 

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Still no date set for when all car drivers will get B+E

Draft legislation: The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
A statutory instrument was laid on 16 September 2021 titled the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (the ‘No. 2 Regulations’) and was due to come into force on 15 November 2021. The substantive legislative changes proposed in the No. 2 Regulations would have removed the need for a person to pass the ‘B+E’ car and trailer test before they could pull a heavy trailer behind their car. This would have meant people with licences awarded after 1997 also no longer needed to pass a separate test to tow a heavy trailer.
This statutory instrument was not approved in time for the No. 2 Regulations to come into force on 15 November 2021. Since such affirmative statutory instruments cannot be amended once laid in draft, we have taken action to lay the regulations afresh as the draft Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2021 (the ‘No. 5 Regulations’).
To make rapid progress on this, we are seeking to make use of the urgency procedure under paragraph 14(6) of schedule 8 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. I am of the opinion that, by reason of urgency, the requirements for this affirmative statutory instrument (by virtue of paragraph 13(1) of schedule 8 to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) to be made after being published in draft for 28 days, together with a scrutiny statement, should not apply.
Forgoing the 28-day publication period will allow earlier laying of the No. 5 Regulations than would have otherwise been possible and strengthen the steps we have already taken to increase HGV testing capacity and ease supply chain issues as quickly as possible. Arrangements will be in place to ensure that the changes made by the No. 5 Regulations are operationally effective as soon as they come into force.
Published 23 November 2021
 
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