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                                           Towing in Portugal


On this page we cover the aspects of the different laws regarding towing with a vehicle


Towing with a Foreign Vehicle

If you are a non resident travelling to Portugal then provided your driving licence lists the categories that allow you to tow you will have no problem.

You must make sure whatever you are towing has the correct number plate that matches the vehicle you are towing with it must be a current number plate showing what country your vehicle is registered in, those within the EU normally carry the EU blue symbol with the letter/s of that country.

You may not tow any non Portuguese vehicle that is for commercial use within Portugal with the intention of trading from ie Hotdog stall or Ice-cream trailer; this also includes doing boot fairs or flea markets.

You can however tow such commercial trailers if you have no intension to trade from them inside Portugal

If you are a resident of Portugal you must not tow or drive a foreign registered vehicle (this means a vehicle with non Portuguese registration plates) on a Portuguese driving licence.


Towing with a Portuguese Vehicle  

 A Portuguese driving licence will have the category B+E this is the category for allowing you to tow for more information on this visit. www.imtt.pt


What cannot you Tow

This section is only applies to residents with a Portuguese driving licence and Portuguese registered vehicles

 In Portugal it is illegal to tow another vehicle this means the following

( Car, Bus, Lorries, Motorbike,)

1/ Towing with a rope or tow bar

2/ Towing another vehicle that has the wheels touching the road (front or rear) this includes A frames


What you can Tow

This section applies to non Portuguese and Portuguese residents provided that your driving licence entitles you to do so, this is covered under Articles 123. º and 126. Of the Highway Code.

1/ Caravans, Boats, paperwork required for some countries, ie: registration document.

2/ Trailers, also see ( Towing with a foreign vehicle)

3/ Cars,Motorbikes,ect: can be towed provided they are on a trailer so that  all the wheels are on the trailer and not touching the road.


For other driving laws for Portugal click here