‘Wasted all our money’: Drivers furious over upcoming caravan towing law changes

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Caravans have spiked in popularity in recent months as Britons look to staycation around the UK, given the uncertainty of foreign travel. From September 20, car and trailer driving tests will be stopped.

The test involves performing manoeuvres with a trailer attached to a car and drivers are judged on how well they perform on the road, much like a standard driving test.

If drivers passed their car driving test from January 1, 1997, they are allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) when the law changes.

The DVLA will update driving licence records to show that drivers are allowed to tow trailers.

Those who passed before 1997 will have the category BE added to their driving licence when they get a new photocard driving licence.

This will be done automatically.

The date for this law change has not yet been confirmed, although car and trailer tests will be stopped next week.

In anticipation of this change, drivers can no longer book or take a car and trailer test from September 20.

Until the law changes, drivers must follow the current rules about how much they can tow based on when they passed their driving test.

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

Drivers can only tow heavier loads when being supervised, on the condition that L plates are displayed to the front of the car and the rear of the trailer.

They will also need to be accompanied by a person who is at least 21 years old and has had category BE on their driving licence for at least three years.

Any tests taken before September 20, will go ahead as planned.

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