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UK drivers warned over major law change coming in November

Drivers are being warned over a new law change coming into effect in a matter of days.

From November 15, motorists who passed their driving test before January 1, 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers weighing up to 3,500k on their normal licence.

Drivers will not need to do anything as their driving licences will be updated automatically as the new law comes into effect.

As a result of the change, drivers are being urged to brush up on driving laws ahead of another change in November.

Warning to drivers who will see their licence changed

Despite the change, drivers who have not towed a trailer or caravan before are being warned over the potential issues and to remain vigilant.

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.”

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