New caravan rules changes set to come into effect next week are delayed by DVSA

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The new changes to vehicle towing weights will now come into effect in the Autumn after the delay was announced this morning. The postponement comes just three days before the big changes were set to come into effect.

However, the new rule change will now also be subject to “parliamentary approvals” if it is to go ahead within months.

A new formal date for the rules change has yet to be agreed.

Posting on Twitter, the DVSA said: “The rules about towing a trailer or a caravan with a car will not be changing on Monday (15 November 2021).

“The change will be introduced in autumn 2021, subject to Parliamentary approvals.

“We’ll confirm the date as soon as we can.

“You must continue to follow the current rules until the law changes.”

The changes would have allowed drivers who passed their tests after 1 January 1997 to tow heavier trailers or caravans.

The DVSA said drivers can sign up to email alerts to be told when the new date is confirmed.

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The DVSA website is still showing a range of rule changes are expected to be launched “later in 2021”.

After the rules changes, the DVLA will update your driving licence record to show you’re allowed to tow trailers.

Motorists will get a category BE added to their licence automatically which will show in their next photocard.

This means drivers do not need to contact the DVLA for their photocards to be changed.

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