MP slams ‘reckless’ and ‘dangerous’ caravan law changes saying it will ‘risk lives’

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Towing laws are set to change on November 15, which will remove the need for motorists to take an extra driving test to tow caravans or trailers. For drivers who passed their car driving test after January 1, 1997, they will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM (maximum authorised mass).

The DVLA will update motorists’ driving licence records to show that they will be able to tow trailers.

Category BE will be added to their driving licence when they apply for a new photocard driving licence.

The car and trailer test, or B+E test, was scrapped in September.

Until the law changes, drivers are being warned to continue to follow the current rules on what they are allowed to tow when they passed their test.

Drivers can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to six penalty points on their licence if they tow anything heavier before the law changes.

Some have speculated that these changes have been made to ease the backlog of new HGV drivers.

This would free up time and space for examiners to carry out HGV tests.

Karin Smyth, Labour MP for Bristol South, criticised the law change in the House of Commons.

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She said: “The key question for the Government – is it worth risking lives to free up theoretical testing capacity?

“I have been inundated, as other members who have spoke this evening, by people, experts in the field telling me that this will not do what the Government will say it will do, and the Government has brought no evidence to say otherwise.

“Trainers, driving test centres, the insurance industry, the Road Haulage Association, who do not support this particular part of this package.

“These proposals are not in any shape or form fit for purpose. 

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