Horseboxes and a Standard Car Driving License

Horseboxes come in all shapes and sizes depending on how many horses need transporting. There are common sizes available which include 3.5 tonne, 4.5 tonne, 7.5 tonne and even 26 tonnes.

Horseboxes can be as small as a normal goods van or as large as a full-size HGV, 3.5 tonne horseboxes are at the lower end of this scale.

Not all horseboxes can be driven on a standard car driving license due to weight restrictions. The maximum weight of a vehicle that can be driven on a standard car license is 3.5 tonnes, this includes the payload weight as well as the vehicle itself.

The technical term for the vehicle weight is the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) this should be no more than 3500kg. Heavy payloads can exceed this limit and can lead to trouble as an overweight vehicle is illegal which could mean points on your license.

The first part of the DVLA’s staging process is passing your driving test, this then allows you to take further tests so bigger vehicles can be driven.

License Categories

A category B license is the standard license issued when you pass your car driving test, this is what enables the holder to drive a vehicle weighing up to 3500kg. The type of vehicle doesn’t matter it could be a car, van or horsebox.

People who need to drive a vehicle heavier than 3500kg will need a category C license. If you passed your test before 1997 then you already hold this type of license. Large vehicles weighing up to 7500kg can be driven by people with this type of license.

When you are choosing a horsebox the weight limit of your driving license will heavily influence what you can drive and any additional tests you may need to take.