UK drivers warned about major change to licences in two weeks

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Drivers miss out on over £2 million of savings by not renewing photocard licence online
Drivers miss out on over £2 million of savings by not renewing photocard licence online

Drivers in the UK are being warned about a major change to licence holders in two weeks time.

Drivers in the UK are being warned about a major change to licence holders that will come into effect in two weeks time, from November 15, those who passed their driving test after January 1 1997 will be able to tow trailers of up to 3,500kg in weight.

Drivers licences will be updated automatically with this change, according to reports, and drivers are now being urged to get more familiar with the law.

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Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline said: “We are urging people to take extra care and follow important safety rules when towing a caravan or trailer this time of year.”

“While we understand the new changes to the law, we’re also concerned that the freedom to tow a caravan or trailer for the first time could present additional risk.”

“Without formal training, paired with a shift to ‘staycations’ we’re calling on first-time users to be responsible and extra vigilant.”


Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at The Automobile Association said: “The Government’s intention is to create a non-compulsory course which people can opt to take, but doing so may lead to cheaper insurance.”

“My guess is that even if this doesn’t become reality, drivers could still approach trailer training companies and pay for a private session to provide training and confidence to those that want it.”

In September this year, car and trailer driving tests were stopped meaning that it is no longer possible to book or take a car and trailer driving test.


The DVLA will automatically update driving licence records and a category BE will be added to licences when those eligible next get a new photocard licence.

At the moment, depending on when you passed your driving test, there are limits on what you can pull behind your car without taking a car and trailer.

The DVLA has warned drivers that they need to continue to follow the current rules before November 15 or they could be fined £1,000.


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Laura is from a small seaside town in North Wales and has also lived in Liverpool and Manchester, where she studied English Literature and worked in social media and marketing. Laura moved to the city of Zaragoza last August to teach English, but after missing the coast she decided to move to beautiful Nerja to enjoy the sun and sea. Laura has a passion for animals, films, outdoor activities, writing and the environment.

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