‘Accident waiting to happen’: Caravan law changes could cause risk for some drivers

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Previously, the Government announced that on Monday, November 15, driving laws would be changing to allow a greater number of people to tow trailers and caravans. Drivers who passed their test from January 1, 1997, will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM), although this has since been changed to Autumn 2022.

The DVLA will update driving licence records to show that they are allowed to tow trailers and caravans, with the category BE being added.

This will occur when a driver applies for a new photocard driving licence.

Drivers will not need to contact the DVLA for this to happen, it will be done automatically.

Currently, motorists who passed their driving test after January 1997, could only drive a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer up to 750kg MAM.

These drivers would have needed to take their car and trailer driving test if they wanted to tow anything heavier.

Thomas Owens for We Buy Any Motorcaravan said: “It used to be that drivers needed to take a category B+E test as long as both the caravan and towing vehicle weighed less than 3,500kg. 

“Those tests have now been scrapped and suddenly motorists will be able to tow bigger and heavier caravans than they’re used to. 

“And if you aren’t fully confident, towing can be a formidable experience and we could see more accidents on the road. 

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“With the added weight, it’s never been more important to check your tyres before setting off. 

“With all that extra weight, if you don’t have the appropriate tyre tread depth, it’ll be an accident waiting to happen. 

“Remember to give yourself more time and space for everything, especially taking corners. 

“And if your car isn’t quite up for the new match — try using stabilisers. 

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