B+E – Changes to driving a car and trailer

The DVSA has announced the following changes regarding car drivers without B+E on their driving licence wishing to tow a trailer;

Drivers who passed their car test before 1 January 1997 can already tow a car and trailer without taking a car and trailer test. 

As a result of new changes, all car drivers will be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without the need for an additional test when the law is changed, which will be as soon as possible.  

Until then, car drivers who gained their licence after 1 January 1997 will only be able to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg if they display L plates and are supervised by a driver aged over 21 who has had a car and trailer licence (B+E) for 3 years or more or passed their car test before 1 January 1997. 

To make more lorry tests available, DVSA will not be carrying out any car and trailer tests from 20 September.  

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