Towing Licences and The Law
Towing – Change in law 16th December 2021
The government have announced that the law surrounding towing with a car, van or pickup has now changed. This means that you can now tow without the need for an additional test. This legislation passed parliament and came into effect on the 16th December 2021.
So what does this mean?
If you have a category B (car) licence, you will now automatically also have a B+E (towing) licence. This will change on your licence when you get a new photocard and DVLA will update your driving licence record.
For a more in depth summary, please click here to be redirected to the government website.
What happened to the Change in law Autumn 2021
The government had announced that to help tackle the shortage of HGV drivers they would abolish the car and trailer test autumn 2021, freeing up more tests for lorry drivers.
This means that you no longer need to take an additional test to tow a trailer.
We are extremely concerned by this change in legislation. Having provided car and trailer training for 11 years we have seen countless people commit dangerous errors on training, only for their trainer to step in to prevent damage to the vehicle, trailer or injury to the person taking the test.
This happens every week.
The thought of people towing caravans, trailers and horseboxes with no training whatsoever on the same roads as my family is terrifying.
However, the government’s decision has been made, and sadly accidents will increase as a result.
We are committed to looking after our customers and ensuring that you (and other road users) are safe, therefore we are still able to provide you with all the training that you will need to ensure that you can tow your trailer safely.
And the good news for you is: There is now no test to pass or fail!
You’ll still get the best training available so that you can be sure you are towing safely. So, you can tow your valuable cargo safe in the knowledge that you have been responsible and that you and other road users will be safe.
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