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The Department for Transport and the DVSA are working to launch the new driving laws at some point in the Autumn. This comes after the car and trailer driving test was scrapped on September 20.
With these changes, anyone with a full driving licence will be able to tow a trailer or caravan without an extra test.
Before the rule change, those who passed their car driving test before January 1, 1997, could drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).
Once the law has changed, drivers who passed their test from January 1, 1997, will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.
The DVLA will automatically update driving licence records to show that drivers are allowed to tow caravans.
The category BE will be added to the driving licences when drivers get a new photocard driving licence.
As a result of the pandemic and numerous lockdowns, many more people chose to use a leisure vehicle on staycations.
Caravans, motorhomes and campervans all spiked in popularity with sales increasing massively.
Between July 2020 and June 2021, a total of 16,608 new motorhomes were registered with the DVLA.
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John Lally, Director General of the National Caravan Council (NCC), said: “COVID-19 restrictions on travel have helped, as the industry offers ‘social distance by design’ products.
“The industry is successfully attracting a new, younger customer while retaining existing ones.
“It has been a challenge for firms to meet the demand, but they have risen to it and the resourcefulness, dependability and professionalism they showed is reflected in these record figures.”
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