We previously reported on the cancellation of trailer towing tests, which took effect on 20 September. The move came in response to the current shortage of HGV drivers, aiming to free up examiners’ time so that they can oversee more testing in that area.

Under the current rules depending on the year their licence was issued, drivers are restricted in the weight of a trailer they are permitted to tow. To tow anything larger it is necessary to have taken the additional test, but with these no longer being offered there is currently no route to obtain a required licence.

To address this anomaly the government had planned to change the rules to increase and standardise the weight of trailer that anyone can tow on a standard driver’s licence. It had been announced that this change would take effect on 15 November, but this did not occur and the government has given no reason for the inaction.

Currently the government is saying that “[t]he change will be introduced at a later date, and as soon as possible”; it has set up an email alert function that promises to give updates about when the new rules will be brought in. We will update this page when further details are made available.

The government advises that the current rules must still be followed in the meantime. For further details, please see guidance from the Department for Transport.

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