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New rules for towing a trailer from 15 November 2021

Published on: 21 October 2021

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The UK Government is changing the rules for towing a trailer for individuals that passed their driving test after 1 January 1997.


The changes are set to take effect from 15 November and will mean that you’ll now be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) if you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997.


If you qualify under these rules the DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers. You’ll automatically receive a category BE addition when you obtain a new photocard driving licence. British Marine understands that you do not specifically need to contact DVLA for this to happen.


Previously, you would have had to pass a car and trailer test to tow a larger trailer.

The changes will not affect anyone who passed their driving test before 1 January 1997.


More information can be found here.