Don’t get hit with a £1,000 caravan fine.

Caravan owners who passed their driving test after 1997 could be liable for a fine of up to £1,000, if they fail to observe the towing restrictions on their licence.

Since 1997, holders of a Category B driving licence can tow a laden trailer over 750kg, provided the combined Maximum Authorised Mass of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.

Motorists who need to drive a heavier car plus caravan combination need to pass the Category BE car plus trailer test as well.

““It might seem odd, but anyone who passed their driving test before 1 January 1997 is entitled to drive and tow considerably heavier vehicles than those who passed their test on or after this date. Pre-1997 licences, for instance, permit motorists to drive minibuses and tow heavier trailers."

“This easily covers most ‘car plus caravan’ combinations. But drivers who have passed their test from 1 January 1997 onwards can only tow a trailer or caravan if the combined maximum authorised mass of their vehicle and that of the trailer or caravan and is no more than 3,500kg.”

Rod Dennis