Drivers can have their say on new DVSA caravan proposals which could change towing rules

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The DVSA is looking into allowing car drivers to tow heavier caravans and trailers without having to take another test. Under current rules, drivers who passed their driving test before 1 January 1997 are given rights to tow heavier machines up to 8.25 tonnes of Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM).

After this date, drivers who wish to obtain the extra categories are forced to sit an extra test to prove they are fit to drive with the heavier weight.

The DVSA says removing the need for drivers to take a B+E test would help free up examiner resources.

The DVSA says they currently conduct 30,000 tests a year which could be spent on tackling the driving test backlog.

The updates would also offer savings for drivers who were not prepared to pay for the test.

The DVSA says they would still encourage drivers to book in for training before towing heavier weights but recognised this would no longer be mandated.

Drivers and industry professionals can now have their say on the Government consultation until midnight on 7 September 2021.

Responses will then be looked into with a summary of responses published within three months of the consultation closing.

Any new rule changes or updates on the next steps in the process will likely be announced after this stage.

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Drivers simply need to fill in the online questionnaire and type out their views.

Respondents should make it clear whether they are conducting the survey on behalf of themselves or any organisations.

Respondents filling out information on behalf of companies or groups must include information on who the organisation represents.

Details must also be given on how members’ views were gathered.

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