Minimum test vehicle requirements for a car and trailer test
The minimum test vehicle standards for a car also apply to a car practical test, with additional
requirements for the trailer. Vehicles that do not meet the minimum test vehicle requirements are
not suitable for the purpose of taking a test, and your test may be cancelled with loss of fee.
Test vehicle requirements for a car test and car and trailer test Category B - cars and vans
Cars or vans presented for test must be:
• A four wheeled vehicle of no more than 3500 kilograms (kg) maximum authorized mass
• Capable of a speed of at least 100 kilometers per hour (km/h) or 62.5 miles per hour
The car or van must also be fitted with:
• A seatbelt for the examiner
• A passenger head restraint, this need not be adjustable but must be fitted as an integral
part of the seat - 'slip on' type head restraints are not permitted
• An interior mirror for the examiner's use
L-plates displayed on the front and rear of the vehicle but not interfering with the driver's
or examiner's view
• A speedometer that measures speed in miles per hour and kilometers per hour
The vehicle must be legal and roadworthy and have no warning lights showing i.e. the airbag
The Ford KA convertible and Mini convertible due to the lack of all-round vision for the examiner
are not suitable vehicles for a driving practical test vehicle requirement.
A motor powered tricycle or quadricycle must have an unladen weight of not more than 550 kg
and be capable of at least 60 km/h (37.25 mph).
Category B + E - car and trailer
Cars or vans presented for test must be a category B vehicle towing a suitably braked, unladen
trailer of at least one tones MAM . The examiner may ask for evidence of the trailer MAM, for
example the manufacturer's plate. All vehicle combinations must operate on appropriate brakes
and utilize a coupling arrangement suitable for the weight.
Please Note about driving practical test vehicle requiremen