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Rural: DVSA introduce changes to trailer towing

The DVSA have issued notice to change the current laws surrounding towing vehicles across the UK that may affect your rural business. Although the date is yet to be confirmed, it is believed that that the changes will take effect later in the autumn. As of 20th September 2021 all trailer tests are suspended and new test are not bookable.

So what will change?

If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’ll be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM when the law changes.

DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers. You’ll get category BE added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving licence.

You do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.

What do I need to do now?

Until the law is changed, it is advised that you operate under the current rules. There is still the risk of up to £1000 fine, driving bans or fixed penalty points if found towing anything not stipulated on your driving licence.

For a full breakdown of current and proposed changes to the law visit New rules for towing a trailer or caravan with a car from autumn 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)