Safety check category B

Weights/cargo

A lot of the information about weights and cargo are in the vehicle registration certificate.
The vehicle registration certificate is in Norwegian, which can be challenging if you do not know the language. Hopefully you can find some similarities that can help you remember what the different words mean.

Here is a translation of the vehicle registration certificate that concerns weights and cargo.
1. What is the technical authorized maximum towable mass of the trailer this car can pull?
Look in the Vehicle Registration Certificate (both braked and unbraked)
See point 8 - “Vekter” (weights) in the picture above.

The maximum permitted trailer weight with brake is 1300 kg
Maximum permissible trailer weight without brake is 687 kg

2. What are the consequences of exceeding the limits (previous question)?
Reduced wheel traction, the vehicle’s directional stability reduces, total stopping distance increases and increased risk of blinding other drivers because the headlights are elevated.

3. What is the drawback of overloading the vehicle?
Reduced drivability, the total stopping distance increases and increased risk of blinding other drivers if the headlights are elevated.

4. What is the maximum towable mass of the trailer this car can pull, if the driver has a category B licence?
Check the Vehicle Registration Certificate.

There are three criteria.
  • You can always pull a trailer with a total weight of 750 kg
  • Sometimes you can pull a trailer heavier than 750 kg. According to this registration certificate, you can tow a trailer of 1300 kg, if the trailer has a brake.
  • With a category B driver's license, you can never tow a trailer that is heavier than the car's curb weight, which in this case is 1375 kg. (Then it requires that you have a driver's license category BE.)
  • Trailer + car must not exceed 3500kg in total.

5. What could the consequences be if you drive with a trailer with a total weight that is too high?
It is illegal. You get reduced traction on the road, your driving might get uneven, the braking distance becomes longer, as well as risking blinding other drivers because the front might get lifted because of the weight behind.
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