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Old 20-07-17, 20:58
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There is a clarification from VOSA dated 2011 that states "It's the actual weight of the vehicle and load which is important in determining a vehicle's compliance with legal weight thresholds, not the potential carrying capacity." It further goes on to state that when such a vehicle combination as the one you describe above is encountered "it is imperative that the vehicle combination is weighed."
That's VOSA, not DVLA. It applies to construction and use regulations not licensing. For licensing purposes it is (and always has been) MAM.
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Old 20-07-17, 22:20
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Good point - apologies for me not being on the ball.
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It's a bit long winded but this is taken from the .gov.uk website for driving licences
Have a look at the back of your licence

Cars
Category B - if you passed your test before 1 January 1997
You’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). View your driving licence information to check.
You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.

Category B - if you passed your test on or after 1 January 1997
You can drive vehicles up to 3,500kg MAM with up to 8 passenger seats (with a trailer up to 750kg).
You can also tow heavier trailers if the total MAM of the vehicle and trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.
You can drive motor tricycles with a power output higher than 15kW if you are over 21 years old.
Physically disabled drivers with provisional category B entitlement will also have provisional entitlement to ride category A1 or A motor tricycles.

Category B auto
You can drive a category B vehicle - but only an automatic one.

Category BE
You can drive a vehicle with a MAM of 3,500kg with a trailer.
The size of the trailer depends on the BE ‘valid from’ date shown on your licence. If the date is:
•before 19 January 2013, you can tow any size trailer
•on or after 19 January 2013, you can tow a trailer with a MAM of up to 3,500kg

Medium-sized vehicles
Category C1
You can drive vehicles between 3,500 and 7,500kg MAM (with a trailer up to 750kg).

Category C1E
You can drive C1 category vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
The combined MAM of both can’t exceed 12,000kg.

Large vehicles
Category C
You can drive vehicles over 3,500kg (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM).

Category CE
You can drive category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg.
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