Do you tow the line?

There I was, quietly reading my e-mail when something peaked my interest. An e-mail newsletter from those vehicle types at the Automobile Association (AA).

It asked one question – am I allowed to tow?

Of course, I am allowed to do this! Turns out, I was correct – but only because my driver’s license was issued in South Africa before 2000. That means my license is the EB code, those issued after 2000 are a B code only – and that has implications when it comes to towing.

So, if you have a trailer, caravan, boat, car or bike trailer that you attach to your vehicle on occasion, make sure you know if you are legally allowed to tow it in the first place.

Since my license was originally issued before 2000, it means that every renewal is issued with the same EB code present.

The trick here is, as with everything pertaining to a government department, a pain in the posterior. According to the article, if you want an upgrade from a B to an EB license, you have to re-write your learner’s test – and the re-do the driving test, but this time with a trailer on the back!

To read the complete article as published by the AA, you can do so on their website with this link: AA towing article

The AA is on Twitter at @AASouthAfrica, on Facebook and LinkedIn

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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