A Notice From DVSA: Car & Trailer Legislation Changes

Car and trailer legislation changes

We wrote to you on Thursday 11 November to let you know that the changes to B+E testing would not come into force on 15 November.

New legislation was re-laid in Parliament yesterday (23 November 2021) to restart the process for this change.

Once these changes have been approved by both Houses we will be able to confirm the date the licensing law will be introduced. Until the law has been changed you and your pupils must continue to follow the current rules.

What this means for car drivers towing a trailer

DVSA stopped doing car and trailer tests from 20 September.

Until the changes come into law, car drivers who gained their licence after 1 January 1997 and don’t hold a full car and trailer licence will only be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg if they:

  • display L plates
  • are supervised by a driver aged over 21 who has had a car and trailer licence entitlement for 3 years or more

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to 6 penalty points on their driving licence if they drive a vehicle that’s not on their driving licence.

Drivers who passed their car test before 1 January 1997 can already tow a car and trailer without an additional licence.

You can find out more information about the new rules for towing a trailer or caravan with a car on GOV.UK

Changes to driving licences

When the law changes come into force DVLA will update driving licence records to reflect the changes.

The BE category will be added when a new photocard driving licence is issued. Drivers do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.

Tow safely

All car drivers wishing to tow a trailer for leisure or business will be encouraged to undertake a voluntary accreditation scheme which is being developed with help from the trailer industry and training providers.

You can find out more about how the scheme is developing in our latest blog post from Mark Winn – Chief Driving Examiner.

The scheme is planned to be launched early next year and will focus on a core module for all drivers, with sector specific modules for different towing activities.

You can find more information on towing safely on the Safe Driving for Life website.

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