Luckily as we head towards the winter the caravan towing season is easing off, from the dizzy congested heights of the summer holidays the roads now won’t have the same volume of drivers towing their caravans up and down the length and breadth of the UK. The recent government advice that changed the towing rules means it will soon no longer be a requirement for drivers who passed their test after 1 January 1997 to take an additional test to have the ‘B+E’ categories added to their licence. All drivers with full licences will be entitled to tow trailers until their licence expires. However, the combination of vehicle and trailer must not exceed a ‘maximum authorised mass’ (‘MAM’) of 8.25 tonnes.
Doing away with the test has raised serious concerns, hopefully drivers who are new to towing will take the time to ensure that they take the necessary steps to ensure both their own and other road users safety on the roads is a top priority. With winter fast approaching the number of inexperienced drivers towing caravans & trailers on the UK roads will kept to a minimum, fingers crossed by the start of next year’s towing season confidence and consideration for first time towers will of caught up.