New caravan and trailer towing scheme to launch in March after major driving law changes

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working on a new voluntary trailer training accreditation scheme that is looking to give motorists the necessary competency, skills and knowledge to ensure they are towing safely. The DVSA has been collaborating with the Department for Transport and other members of the trailer training industry.

This has been done to create the National Council for Accredited Trailer Training.

It is expected this will “oversee the scheme and set good towing practice”.

As well as this, the DVSA is working with trailer and training organisations who have said they would like to be an accrediting body.

These groups would be responsible for accrediting the trainers and running the scheme.

An announcement on the accredited trainers, as well as the scheme itself, is expected to be announced in the near future.

It is hoped that the scheme will launch in March 2022 and it is set to offer drivers a core module, as well as “sector specific modules” based on their towing activities.

Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner at DVSA, praised the decision and urged motorists to get involved with the scheme.

He said: “We’re strongly encouraging drivers wishing to tow for business or leisure to seek professional training before they start towing or if they need to refresh their towing skills.

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“The trailer training accreditation scheme will help ensure they have the right skills, knowledge and competencies to tow a trailer or caravan safely.”

The Government scrapped the B+E test in late 2021, but is now encouraging drivers to receive professional training prior to towing for the first time, as well as refreshing their skills.

When it was announced that car and trailer tests would be scrapped, there was widespread concern for road safety.

Many businesses were also fearful that they would lose revenue as drivers no longer needed to take an additional test to be able to tow a caravan.

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