DVLA to bring in huge change for drivers going on caravan holidays
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DVLA has announced huge changes for those looking to go on holiday with a caravan or trailer. The new regulations will outline what drivers are allowed to tow depending on when they got their driving licence after removing the requirement to pass an additional test in September.
Car and trailer driving tests were stopped on September 20 this year as part of Government plans to tackle the HGV driver shortage. The reasoning behind the decision was to free up testing capacity for lorry drivers.
The new rules, which will allow people to tow trailers without taking the test, will be brought in on November 15 depending on parliamentary approval.
The DVLA will automatically update a driving licence record to show that a driver is allowed to tow trailers. They will be able to see that the category BE has been added when they next get a new photocard driving licence.
Here is what drivers are currently allowed to tow depending on when they got their licence:
Licences issued before 1 January 1997
Drivers will not be affected by the changes if they passed their car driving test before January 1, 1997.
They are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg. They are also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg.
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Licences issued from 1 January 1997 to 18 January 2013
If drivers passed their car driving test from January 1, 1997, to January 18, 2013, they can currently drive either of the following:
A car or van up to 3,500kg towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (up to 4,250kg in total).
A trailer over 750kg, as long as it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle (up to 3,500kg in total).
Drivers must have passed a car and trailer driving test if they want to tow anything heavier.
Licences issued after January 19, 2013
Drivers who passed their car driving test from January19 2013 can currently drive either of the following:
A car or van up to 3,500kg, towing a trailer of up to 750kg (up to 4,250kg in total).
A trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.
They must have passed a car and trailer driving test if they want to tow anything heavier.
The DVLA has warned that drivers need to continue to follow the current rules until November 15 or face a £1,000 fine, six penalty points or a driving ban.
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