Car and Trailer Legislation changes

Driver & Vehicle Standards agency:

We wrote to you on Friday (10 September) to announce the government’s plans to help to tackle the shortage of lorry drivers by creating an extra 50,000 lorry tests.

Part of the plan is to allow all car drivers to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without the need for an additional license when the law is changed.

New legislation has been laid in Parliament today (Thursday 16 September) to start the process for this change.

What this means for car drivers towing a trailer

To make more lorry tests available, DVSA will not be carrying out any car and trailer tests from 20 September.

You will also no longer be able to book one of these tests via our online services from today (16 September).

The current licence requirements for cars towing a trailer still apply until the new legislation receives Royal Assent, which we expect will be as soon as possible.

Until then, 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 license if they drive a vehicle that’s not on your driving license.

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

More information about the new rules for towing a trailer or caravan with a car

We’ll keep you updated on when these changes come into force.

Tow safely

We continue to encourage car drivers wanting to tow to seek professional training before towing a trailer with their car for the first time.

More information on towing safely


Here at Transplant MasterTrain we still offer familiarization training for B+E to anyone who thinks they may need some extra training before they take their trailer on the road. We offer bespoke training at our facility, with 5 acres of off-road area to complete activities such as reversing, uncoupling and coupling and load security. If you call our experienced team on 01392426242, we will be able to help with any queries you have!

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