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#1 12-04-14 14:08:00

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B teaching for B+E test = legal?

I cannot find any legal restriction for not doing this made up scenario ....

Instructor for B+E has only a B licence, is age 21 and passed B test at age 17

They use a vehicle with a GVW of 2100, a towing capacity of 1600 and a box trailer with a MAM of 1400 and an empty weight of 600
The trailer is loaded sandbags weighing 600


I can find nothing which prevents this ... or have I missed something?

Last edited by (ROG) (12-04-14 14:09:01)


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#2 12-04-14 14:37:46

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

Hi Rog
It looks legal.
One question has he managed to find any sand/agregate etc in bags which have official weight markings???? big_smile

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#3 12-04-14 18:25:04

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

If only 21 years old they have no licence to drive B+E as they have no grandfather rights.

So unless they have passed their test on B+E they can't drive it or instruct on the Cat of vehicle.

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#4 12-04-14 19:27:37

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

Hi
They can drive that combinbation without B+E.
Though after having a re-think they can't instruct if they don't have the category.
If they go out and get the category, they can even teach themselves and drive to the TC solo, they can then instruct without an ADI badge

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#5 13-04-14 06:46:24

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

Yes and they can also supervise a provisional cat D driver using a routemaster bus.


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#6 13-04-14 10:38:27

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

(ROG) wrote:

I cannot find any legal restriction for not doing this made up scenario ....

Instructor for B+E has only a B licence, is age 21 and passed B test at age 17

They use a vehicle with a GVW of 2100, a towing capacity of 1600 and a box trailer with a MAM of 1400 and an empty weight of 600
The trailer is loaded sandbags weighing 600


I can find nothing which prevents this ... or have I missed something?

have I missed something?

You'd need to confirm the unladen weight of the vehicle, which mustn't be less than 1400kgs.

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#7 14-04-14 12:57:46

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

trunkmonkey wrote:
(ROG) wrote:

I cannot find any legal restriction for not doing this made up scenario ....

Instructor for B+E has only a B licence, is age 21 and passed B test at age 17

They use a vehicle with a GVW of 2100, a towing capacity of 1600 and a box trailer with a MAM of 1400 and an empty weight of 600
The trailer is loaded sandbags weighing 600


I can find nothing which prevents this ... or have I missed something?

have I missed something?

You'd need to confirm the unladen weight of the vehicle, which mustn't be less than 1400kgs.

2100 GVW would normally mean an unladen weight about 1600


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#8 14-04-14 13:00:54

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

pegasus wrote:

Hi
They can drive that combinbation without B+E.
Though after having a re-think they can't instruct if they don't have the category.
If they go out and get the category, they can even teach themselves and drive to the TC solo, they can then instruct without an ADI badge

The set up is a B but they are teaching for the B+E - is there a law which prevents that?

I know the law says they must have the licence for the set up they are using


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#9 14-04-14 17:46:29

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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

Question really is do they actually need a driving licence at all to teach it?

If the driver does not need supervised the instructor doesn't actually need to hold a licence to drive the vehicle.


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#10 15-04-14 12:52:35

dog
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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

trunkmonkey wrote:
(ROG) wrote:

I cannot find any legal restriction for not doing this made up scenario ....

Instructor for B+E has only a B licence, is age 21 and passed B test at age 17

They use a vehicle with a GVW of 2100, a towing capacity of 1600 and a box trailer with a MAM of 1400 and an empty weight of 600
The trailer is loaded sandbags weighing 600


I can find nothing which prevents this ... or have I missed something?

have I missed something?

You'd need to confirm the unladen weight of the vehicle, which mustn't be less than 1400kgs.

Easy, my car is 1700kg unladen and 2195kg MAM, with a towing capacity of 1900kg, without B+E you could tow a fully loaded 1300kg MAM trailer which would satisfy the vehicle requirement for the B+E test.

Since ROG points out that it is easily possible to have a vehicle/trailer combination which meets the requirements for the B+E test but can be driven without B+E then I see no reason why a B licence holder could not "train" someone else (providing they are over 21 with licence 4 years). In the same way that you could train yourself, go for the test, put L plates on and then drive away afterwards without the L plates regardless of  pass or fail.

If it's all insured and legal then I can't see why it isn't a problem. After all you are not teaching in a category you do not have yourself, you are just allowing a friend to drive your car (also legally) and giving them advice.

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#11 15-04-14 12:56:35

dog
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Re: B teaching for B+E test = legal?

reddragonbus wrote:

Question really is do they actually need a driving licence at all to teach it?

If the driver does not need supervised the instructor doesn't actually need to hold a licence to drive the vehicle.

^ this is a good point. If the "learner" is driving within the limits of their licence, then why does the supervisor even need a licence? If they are towing within the limits of B only, then it's no different from just driving a car. And if you already have a licence to do that, then why do you need a licensed supervisor? You can just do it on your own as I stated above.

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