What is a Bowser?
A Bowser is a trailer fitted with a tank which can carry Water, Diesel, Kerosene, Aviation Fuel or Petrol.
These are mostly used to provide water (dust suppression, flower watering, animal feeding, accommodation/welfare units, etc) or fuel (machinery/plant operation), all of which could be useful in a variety of scenarios including construction sites, event management, or agricultural applications.
A common misconception is that because a Bowser has a handbrake and mudguards it is suitable for towing on public highways. This is NOT the case. You CANNOT tow a NON-EU APPROVED Site Bowser on a public highway. They are built on a low-speed chassis with no lights, brakes (other than handbrake), or mudguards (unless on request). As a result, standard bowsers must only be towed around sites and private roads.
Towing Bowsers on the Road:
Regards to Towing our Bowsers on the public highways they must have EU Highway Approvals. Our EU Highway bowsers are certified and approved to be towed on the public highways.
They have braked axles, mudguards, road legal lighting, suspension and are designed and approved to be towed on public highways.
Rules of the Road:
Diesel Bowsers – You can tow up to 1000 Litre without having an ADR licence. You may need a towing licence dependent on your age and when you passed your driving test due to new driver regulations (check driving licence).
Fuel Bowsers over 1000 Litres require an ADR licence to tow the Bowser, you may also need a ‘towing’ licence. (see towing regulations)
You may tow Water EU Highway Approved Bowsers on the main roads full or empty. You may also need a towing licence dependent on your age, when you passed your test and when the new towing regulation came in where you must take a towing test to tow trailers/Bowsers. (check driving licence).
Do I need a towing licence?
Valid driving licence issued after 1 January 1997:
If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:
- Drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
- Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg
Valid Driving Licence issued before 1 January 1997:
If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997 you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. View your driving licence information to check.
You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM, (check on any tests required dependent on usage etc) with a valid driving licence.