UPDATE – Towing Regulations

UPDATE – Towing Regulations

The Government has issued an important update on towing regulations… 

The rules on towing a trailer or caravan with a car have changed, effective from 16th December 2021.

If you passed your car driving test from 1st January 1997 onwards, you’re now allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.

The DVLA will update your driving licence record accordingly, and category BE will be added when you get a new photocard driving licence.

CLICK HERE to read the full story on the changes to towing regulations

If you passed your car driving test BEFORE 1 January 1997, then you’re not affected by ANY of the changes.

The update comes after the regulations were delayed pending further debate ahead of their introduction.

However, the Government has unexpectedly pushed through the new towing regulations effective IMMEDIATELY.

It’s good news for any fleet operators that require staff to tow trailers as part of their work, as any drivers who passed their test from 1997 onwards can tow without having to pass additional tests.

Testing capacity has been an issue for the DVSA for some time, especially given the pressure on HGV driver demand in recent months.

How do you feel about the new towing regulations? Does your fleet require drivers to tow, and if so, how will the update affect you? Let us know at info@drivingmonitor.com