Tow Tractors - yard shunting vehicles

A Tow Tractor, known in the as a Shunt truck, Spotting tractor, Terminal tractor, Yard truck, Yard Dog, Yard jockey, mule, etc. is a semi-tractor intended to move semi-trailers within a cargo yard.


  • Dependant on skill level, experience and number of candidates.

How to Book

  • To book onto a Tow tractor course please call the sales team on 01964 529006 or complete our on-line contact us form

Course Venue

  • Commercial/ Private premises with access to a Tow Tractor and trailers.

Please complete our on-line contact us form for more details or book onto one of our open courses

Note: This course has been approved by the relevant accrediting bodies and complies with both the Health & Safety Executives Guidance HSG6 & Approved Code of Practice L117.

Pastel Training Ltd hold RTITB accreditation and are able to offer Tow Tractor training at customer premises around the UK.

Course Content

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the towing capacity of tow tractor.
  • Carry out a pre-start inspection.
  • Operate safely under varying site conditions.
  • Carry out minor adjustments and routine service.
  • Travel (forward and reverse) with laden and unladen trailers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities under relevant legislation.
  • Operate machine safely and correctly in accordance with manufacturers’ manual and instructions and accepted good practice.

Course Assessment

  • Theoretical assessment of 25 questions, which can be conducted orally where language barriers or literacy difficulties exist.
  • Practical Test of basic operating skills, confirming skills taught on the Tow Tractor training course

Course Certification:

  • Certificate - no extra charge

All prices are subject to vat