The rules about towing a trailer or caravan with a car changed on 16 December 2021.
If you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’re now allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.
Check your car’s handbook to find out its gross train weight (GTW). This is the total allowable weight of the car plus the trailer plus the load.
DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers. You do not need to contact DVLA for this to happen. It will be done automatically. You’ll get category BE added to your driving licence when you next apply to get a new driving licence.
If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997, you are not affected by the change.
Driving a car and trailer for the first time
It’s best to take training from a driving instructor if you want to start driving a car and trailer.
The ‘National standard for driving cars and light vans’ tells you about the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to tow a trailer or caravan.
You can also read about:
- why learning to tow is important
- safety checks you should do when you’re towing a trailer or caravan with a car
The above is taken directly from the gov.uk website, as I felt that it needed to be straight from the horses mouth rather than me trying to make adapt it and get it wrong.