Changes to UK towing laws have been made, which mean drivers will be able to tow heavier trailers without taking an additional test.

The changes mean drivers who passed their test after January 1, 1997, will be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM when the law changes.

DVLA will update the driving licence record to show that the driver is allowed to tow trailers. Category BE will be added to the licence when a driver gets a new photocard licence. There is no need to contact DVLA for this to happen – it will be done automatically.

The date the law will change has not yet been confirmed.

Car and trailer driving tests stopping from 20 September 2021

Car and trailer driving tests are stopping before the law changes. This means that people can no longer book or take a car and trailer driving test from 20 September 2021. However, the law will not change until later in 2021.

Until the law changes later in autumn 2021, drivers must continue to follow the current rules about what they’re allowed to tow based on when they passed their car driving test.

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 tow anything heavier before the law changes.

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