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Motorists urged to check rules on towing before summer holidays


With the UK tourism industry expecting a bumper year, DVLA is reminding motorists to make sure they do not break the rules when towing a caravan for their holiday.

Caravan holidays are becoming increasingly popular, with industry figures showing that bookings for 2019 are up by 16% on last year.

There are potentially thousands of motorists who need to check their entitlement to tow, as UK tourists spend around 50 million nights in the UK’s 555,000 touring caravans.

DVLA Strategy, Policy & Communications Director Lynette Rose said:

“It’s important that all motorists know what their driving licence allows them to drive and if they’re entitled to tow.

“If anyone’s unsure, they should visit GOV.UK where they can find out if they’re entitled to tow with just a few clicks.”

Towing rules vary for drivers, depending on when they passed their driving test. There are different towing rules for motorists who passed their test before 1 January 1997.

Whether they are checking the categories of their driving licence or the weight allowance they can tow, motorists can find the information they need to drive safely this summer on GOV.UK.

Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club, said:

“There’s been a significant rise in the number of people choosing to spend their holidays caravanning.

“Leisure vehicles provide a fantastic way to explore parts of the country you may have never experienced before, and it’s very important to us that we do all we can to help holidaymakers do so safely and legally.”

Motorists can check their driving licence entitlements with DVLA’s view or share your driving licence service. They can also get information on towing.


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