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New rules for towing a trailer take effect

Published on: 23 December 2021

towing a boat

The UK Government has changed the licensing rules for towing a trailer for individuals that passed their driving test after 1 January 1997. 

The changes took effect last week and will mean that if you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’ll now be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM.

The DVLA will update your driving licence record to show that you’re allowed to tow trailers, with category BE added to your driving licence when you get a new photocard driving licence. 

British Marine understands that you do not need to contact the DVLA for this to be added to your licence, it will be done automatically. 

Previously, you would have had to pass a car and trailer test to tow a larger trailer. 

The changes will not affect anyone that passed their driving test before 1 January 1997. 

More information can be found here.