New driving law: Major caravan and trailer rule changes have launched after delay

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New rules allowing drivers to tow heavier trailers and caravans were supposed to come into effect on Monday 15 November but were delayed just days beforehand. After this, the DVSA only confirmed the new rule would be introduced at some point in Autumn 2021.

However, the DVSA site now confirms the new rule has already come into effect despite no major announcements.

The DVSA said: “The rules about towing a trailer or caravan with a car changed on 16 December 2021.”

The new rules mean drivers who passed their test from January 1997 can now tow heavier trailers.

Under previous rules, drivers needed to pass an extra driving test in order to tow heavier items.

The DVLA said: “If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’re now allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass).

“You’ll get category BE added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving licence.

“Do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.

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“If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997, you are not affected by the change.”

The updates come after the proposals were backed by a DVSA consultation.

A total of 64.9 percent of respondents said they agreed or strongly agreed with allowing car drivers to tow a tailor without an additional test.

In total, 5,216 people said they strongly agreed with the rule change out of just 9,475 respondents showing widespread support for the scheme.

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