Laws on towing trailers

New Law changes From the 15th of November

Here at Solicitors On Your Side, we positively care that you are updated on recent laws and news to avoid unnecessary fines and penalties. However, if you are in a situation during which you may need our help, call our motoring solicitors now; we will ensure that you can avoid any unnecessary fines and penalties.

From the 15th of November, motorists who passed their driving test after the 1st of January 1997 can tow trailers up to 3,500 kilograms on a standard licence. Driving licences will be updated automatically as the new law comes into place. 

Drivers are advised to be cautious 

Drivers who have not towed a trailer before are being advised to be wary and remain cautious. We suggest that for drivers who want to tow a trailer without experience, there are still courses available that teach how to tow a trailer safely and ensure that the UK roads are safe and avoid any unnecessary or dangerous accidents.

Previously, drivers who obtained their licence after December 1996 had to sit a separate Class B+E car and trailer test to tow anything heavier than 750kg. 

By removing these tests, the DVSA states it will be free up examiners to carry out more tests for lorry drivers after the recent HGV lorry driver shortage, which affected the UK haulage industry.

Drivers who passed their test in 1997 remain unaffected by the upcoming law changes. 

Penalties remain before the law change

A warning has been out that anyone found towing a vehicle without a licence can still face a hefty £1,000 fine and up to 6 penalty points on their driving licence. We advise that if anyone plans to tow a trailer to wait until the law has changed. Even if it is not mandatory, we recommend taking courses on towing trailers to avoid accidents. 

If you have faced unnecessary points, penalties and driving bans, we highly advise you to contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side. We will ensure you come out with the best possible outcome for your case.

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