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22 September 2021
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UK Government announces significant changes to rules on towing a trailer or caravan

The UK Government has announced some significant changes to its rules on towing a trailer or caravan with a car, that will come into place in autumn 2021, which will be good news for the British caravan market.

Currently, there are limits on the weight you can tow with a standard driving licence depending on when the person passed their driving test and got their licence.

Significantly, this meant that anyone who had got their licence from 1 January 1997 was restricted to towing a trailer weighing less than the unladen weight of the car, up to a total maximum authorised mass (MAM) of 3,500kg for the car and trailer. For these people to be allowed to tow heavier trailers, an additional driving test was required. This represented a significant issue for caravan manufacturers as it restricted the size of caravans that younger drivers could tow.

From ‘autumn 2021’ those who have licences issued from 1 January 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500 kg MAM when the law changes. An additional driving test is no longer required (or available).

Full details of the changes can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-rules-for-towing-a-trailer-or-caravan-with-a-car-from-autumn-2021

The UK Government has also announced that the GB sticker required on the rear of UK vehicles travelling abroad will be replaced with a UK sticker from 28 September 2021.