In November we informed you of the intention to give all driving licence holders B+E entitlement.
Those who passed their driving test since January 1997 have had to pass a separate test to be able to tow trailers of up to 3500 tonnes. However, last month we informed you that the plans had not gone ahead, having been pulled at the last minute. Well, this month we can confirm they have finally gone through. The wording from the Government website is in the box below.
A trailer is still a piece of work equipment and so training should still be undertaken. It is important that users know the safety and practical aspects of towing a trailer, how to hitch, what to inspect to ensure the trailer is road worthy, reduction in speed limits and how to manoeuvre with a trailer.
What changed on 16 December 2021
- If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’re now allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.
- DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers. You’ll get category BE (www.gov.uk/driving-licence-categories) added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving licence.
- Do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.
- If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997, you are not affected by the change.