Changes to towing with a car from 16/12/21

Dated: 17 Dec, 2021

New rules for towing a trailer with a car from 16 December 2021

What changed on 16 December 2021

If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’re now allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM. DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers. You’ll get Category BE added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving licence.

You do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically.

If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997, you are not affected by the change. You’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg maximum authorised mass (MAM). 

Driving a car and trailer for the first time

Driving a vehicle whilst towing is completely different to normal driving and the Government is advising to take appropriate training before doing this for the first time.

We at Fleetmaster can help you train to do this safely and efficiently including new skills needed such as coupling and reversing with a trailer.

If you’d booked a car and trailer driving test

Car and trailer driving tests have now stopped. You can no longer book one.

If you had booked a test yourself, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has automatically cancelled and refunded it for you. If your driving instructor booked your test for you, talk to them about what happens next.

How can Fleetmaster help you

If you would like to speak to us about how we can work together to reduce your risk or would like to book any of our courses, then please contact us at or Tel: 01924 416624.

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