HOT NEWS ! : Car drivers to be allowed to tow heavier trailers and caravans without additional test.
The Government has recently announced that all car drivers will be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without the need for an additional test (B+E) regardless of when they took their test.
This will take effect when the law is changed later this year. The move has been announced to free up more HGV tests as the government pushes more people to get their lorry licence to help solve the widespread shortage of truck drivers across the UK.
What will change later in 2021
As part of changes, drivers who passed their test from January 1 1997 will now be able to tow a trailer up to 3,500kg, which will prove plenty for the vast majority of laden horsebox trailers and touring caravans. It means that if you want to drive any of these – even commercially – that no test will need to be taken.
The DVLA will automatically update its records to reflect this and when you get a new photocard driving licence it will show ‘category BE’ which is the one that includes towing.
When will the rules change?
The government hasn’t actually announced a specific date for when the changes will come into effect but is suggested late Autumn this year, and UNTIL that date is announced and reached, you’ll have to continue being limited by the current practises however this change will allow younger drivers the opportunity to choose a caravan and car setup that better suits their needs without the inconvenience or expense that current restrictions create.