DVSA Update: Car and trailer and vocational changes

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Update on car and trailer and vocational changes

From the DVSA:

The rules about towing a trailer or a caravan with a car will not be changing on 15 November 2021.

The change will be introduced in autumn 2021, subject to Parliamentary approvals. We will confirm the date as soon as we can. You can sign up to email alerts on GOV.UK to be told when the date is confirmed.

You must continue to follow the current rules until the law changes.


Car and trailer accreditation scheme

An accreditation scheme is being developed with help from the trailer industry and training providers.

This will provide voluntary training opportunities for car drivers wishing to tow a trailer of any size, for either business or leisure.

The scheme is planned to be launched early next year and will focus on a core module for all drivers, with sector specific modules for different towing activities.


Update on changes to staging for HGV and bus licences

Parliament has now approved the changes to remove the requirement for staging for lorry and bus licences.

This change will come into effect from this Monday (15 November) and will support the government’s plans to tackle the shortage of lorry drivers by creating an extra 50,000 lorry tests.

The changes to allow approved third parties to provide the Driver CPC part 3a test will also come into force on 15 November.

We will share more information on the car and trailer accreditation scheme and the vocational changes as soon as we can.

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