The main new driving law is finally born after being delayed

A NEW driving law delayed for weeks has finally come into force in the UK – and you need to know about it

The Road rules, which will allow motorists to tow caravans and trailers, with a weight of up to 3,500kg, was approved on December 16.

The new law goes into effect on December 16 after being delayed for weeks


The new law goes into effect on December 16 after being delayed for weeksCredit: Alamy

Motorists were alerted to the law in September, but after being challenged in Congress, the law was later delayed in November.

What was the previous law?

Drivers who passed their driving test after 1997 were previously only allowed to tow trailers with a weight limit of 750kg.

If you want to pull something heavier, you must take a test to do so.

Previously, the law required that you take a test to add B and E grades to your driver’s license.

So if you passed your test and got your license before 1997, these changes won’t affect you.

What is the law now?

Now that the law has been passed in the UK, any driver with a license after 1997 will be able to tow a maximum weight of 3,500kg without any testing, training or supervision.

However, according to current regulations, some car drivers will have to take a driving test to tow a trailer.

The DVLA confirmed that the new law will automatically apply to UK driving license holders.

There’s no need to contact the DVLA about the new rule change or do anything to be eligible to pull uploads to the new limit.

So, if you already have a license, you will get the category BEEN added the next time you visitindentation in your heart muscle.

Of course, you still need to check how much your vehicle can safely tow.

If you’re not sure how much your car can tow, check your car’s owner’s manual for its gross train weight (GTW).

This will detail the allowable weight of the car plus the weight of the trailer, and the weight of the load.

How to stay safe

According to the National Accident Helpline, tips on how to stay safe while towing on the road include:

  • Make sure the load is evenly distributed
  • Check the weather for high winds or heavy rain
  • Allowance for extra length of vehicle
  • Install an extended pull-up mirror

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