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Standard Procedure for Conducting Driving Tests

Category EB

Before the practical test commences the applicant is given a choice of performing a left or right hand reverse - one reverse only to be conducted. For the reverse, the tester must leave the vehicle and take up a position where the driver and the traffic situation can be observed to best effect.

While the design gross vehicle weight of the trailer may be significant, it is the actual weight of the trailer as presented, usually empty, which is taken into account in determining its suitability.

Acceptable drawing vehicles include V.W. Golf, Opel Astra, Nissan Almera, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, 4 wheel drives, jeeps, etc., but not the various mini-type vehicles which are produced. The tester should check the brake lights and indicators on both the drawing vehicle and trailer, and also after re-coupling. Where there is no evidence of a braking system on the trailer, the test should not be conducted. Caravans are not acceptable for an 'EB' test.

See list of representative vehicles registered pre/post 1st Jan. 2004. See Office Notice 11/2004.

The following paragraph does not apply yet.

  • The applicant should be asked to uncouple and re-couple the trailer from/to the drawing vehicle.
  • This exercise should normally be done at the beginning of the practical test at the Centre.