Following the recent government consultation, car drivers who passed their test after 1 January 1997 will be able to tow a trailer up to 3,500kg without taking the B&E test but only when the law is changed. 

B&E tests will not take place from 20th September; however, until the law changes later in this autumn, you must continue to follow the current rules about what you’re allowed to tow based on when you passed your driving test. You can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to 6 penalty points if you tow anything heavier before the law changes. You’re only allowed to tow anything heavier if you’re being supervised.  When supervised, you must:

  • display L plates to the front of the car and the rear of the trailer
  • be accompanied by a person who’s at least 21 years old and has had category BE on their driving licence for at least 3 years.

Full details are at new rules for towing a trailer from Autumn 2021.