December 2, 2022

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The Tour And Travel Enthusiasts

DVLA issues warning ahead of major change for anyone planning camping holiday

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DVLA issues warning ahead of major change for anyone planning camping holiday

The DVLA is preparing to introduce a major change for anyone planning to go on holiday with a caravan or trailer.

Many people have opted for staycation holidays recently after the Coronavirus pandemic restricted international travel – as Birmingham Live reports.

And the DVLA is about to bring in new regulations which will impact anyone planning a camping trip.

READ MORE: DVLA to make huge change to driving licence and MOTs

The governing body will bring in rules about what you’re allowed to tow on November 15 – which will be based on when you got your licence.

From this date, anyone who passed their car driving test from January 1 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

The DVLA will update your licence to show you’re legally allowed to tow trailers and the category BE will be added to your driving licence when you next get a new photocard.

Car and trailer driving tests were stopped on September of this year which means you can no longer book or take a car and trailer driving test.

Current rules mean that, depending on when you passed your driving test, you are limited on what you can pull behind your car without taking a test.

The DVLA has warned drivers need to continue to follow the current rules before November 15 or face a £1,000 fine.

What people are currently allowed to tow

If you passed your car driving test before January 1 1997, you will not be affected by the changes.

People with these licences are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg. You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg.

If you passed your car driving test from January 1, 1997 to January 18, 2013, you can currently drive a car or van up to 3,500kg towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (up to 4,250kg in total).

You can also drive 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)

In order to tow anything heavier, you will have had to pass a car and trailer driving test.

If you passed your car driving test from January 19 2013, you can currently drive a car or van up to 3,500kg, towing a trailer of up to 750kg (up to 4,250kg in total).

You will also be able to drive a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.

You’ve had to pass a car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.

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