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Trailer towing changes (B+E category) postponed

Planned changes to the driving license categories (B+E) for towing this month on the 15th have apparently been postponed at short notice 🙄

Beware this could affect younger drivers who were hoping to tow chippers, trailers etc

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    That's probably good news for the standards of driving in this country, as well as for the people who's businesses rely on training people for B+E.

    I'm also slightly pleased as I has to pay to take my B+E over 10 years ago!

  • Thanks for giving people the alert, won't affect me as I passed my test a million years ago. But this must be a nightmare for people who are in the driver training business or selling trailers. Dvsa really need to sort this out one way or another as people could well inadvertantly fall foul of the law. 

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    Appears they woke up very late to understand the consequences, but certainly will lead to confusion and problems during road stops.


  • permanently postponed, i reckon

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    I was recently overtaken on a motorway by a girl driving a VW Transporter van at night with both the nearside head and side lights out, towing a trailer in the outside lane of the three lane motorway at over 80 miles per hour.

    Some people seem intent on getting enough points to lose their licence all at the same time, she certainly did not seem to understand the rules for towing trailers.

  • it was all over the media last week stating what was changing to your driving license but this is the first i have seen of it been delayed i bet there will be some drivers get done for not having the right license  

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     Hmm I passed my test 35 years ago so it shouldn't apply to me. But last year after an illness I had to notify DLVA that I had been hospitallized & subsequently had my license revoked for 3 months. A real bloody nightmare when trying to get back to normal.

    When my license was returned (it was for one year & in process of renewing atm) they remove D1 class as standard nowadays. I just hope that the towing hasn't been removed as well, because I tow every couple of weeks!!!

    Also a warning to all, if you are hospitalized for whatever reason you are by law meant to inform DVLA & the same could happen to you.

    • Are you sure about that last bit?  Had a quick look on the dvla site and it looks like they're just interested in "notifiable conditions" which are anything that could affect your ability to drive..... couldn't see anything about letting them know if you are hospitalized for any reason..... perhaps I missed it though.  I certainly wouldn't tell them for something that didn't affect my driving.... hospitalized or not.  


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    From the Farmers Weekly:

    ”Some drivers are now left in limbo as the DVSA stopped B+E trailer tests on 20 September in anticipation of the November law change.”


    Safety concerns delay changes to trailer towing licence rules - Farmers Weekly
    A law change that would allow drivers who passed their car test after 1 January 1997 to tow a trailer weighing up to 3,500kg without taking a separate
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