DRIVERS will be allowed to tow heavier trailers and caravans from autumn – but don't get caught out early or you could face a £1,000 fine.
The rule change is expected to come into force in just a couple of weeks.
Under the change, those who got their license after 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers or caravans up to 3500kg MAM without taking another test.
However, they can be fined up to £1,000 if they tow anything heavier before the law changes this autumn.
DVLA is yet to confirm just when the law will change.
Currently, if anyone passed their car driving test after 1 January 1997, they can tow a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass).
They can also tow a trailer over 750kg MAM, if it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle.
Similarly, for licenses issued after 18 January 2013, drivers can tow a trailer of up to 750kg MAM or a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg.
Drivers have to pass a car and trailer driving test if they want to tow anything heavier.
Otherwise they can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to 6 penalty points on your driving licence.
However, drivers will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM without taking additional tests when the law changes this autumn.
The driving licence record will be updated automatically by DVLA.
Drivers who passed their test before 1 January 1997 will not be affected by the changes.
They are allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM.
Car and trailer driving tests are stopping from 20 September 2021 but the law will not change until later this year.
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