November 11th 2021Towing Changes

As some of you may have heard, the rules around towing have changed. The biggest change is that anyone who passed their driving test after 1st January 1997 will be allowed to tow so long as the trailer does not exceed 3500kg.

Whilst guidance can be found on the government website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-rules-for-towing-a-trailer-or-caravan-with-a-car-from-autumn-2021), for some it can still be confusing. If you need any help or guidance about these rule changes, we are here to help!

Essentially, as long as you hold a full and valid UK driving licence you are capable of towing anything that weighs less than 3.5 tonnes so long as you have a vehicle that is capable of towing that amount.

To find out what your vehicle can tow you can either check your logbook or your vehicles VIN Plate where you’ll find a series of numbers. To calculate the maximum weight your car can tow, all you need to do isĀ subtract the gross vehicle weight (GVW) from the gross train weight (GTW). This is the absolute maximum weight your vehicle can tow. Manufacturers websites often provide a ballpark figure but as each vehicle is unique it is best to check these other two options.

These changes will automatically take place on the 15th of November 2021 and there is no need to contact the DVLA or DVSA as they will automatically update their online records, the back of your licence will automatically be changed the next time you submit your licence for renewal.

For towing novices we highly recommend safely practicing on some private land or some towing lessons from one of your local providers before taking to the public highways to build up your confidence.

If you have any more questions please feel free to ring up for guidance on 01522 694235