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Trailers: Driving Licences

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 86589, tabled on 3 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing compensation for B+E Towing training companies for any lost revenues whilst new drivers are unable to gain the ability to undertake B+E Car and Trailer Towing.

Answered on

8 December 2021

The Government has acted decisively to help address the HGV driver shortage and has announced a range of measures to help the industry recover from the pandemic.

The proposal to remove the requirement for car drivers to take a B+E test if they want to tow a trailer, was subject to a public consultation exercise. The consultation received over 9,500 responses and most respondents supported the proposals. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is exploring options for an industry-led accreditation that could offer a standardised non-statutory testing approach. It has now met with key stakeholders to discuss this issue and will share the outcome of those discussions in due course, once plans have been confirmed.

The Department and the DVSA will continue to encourage people who want to tow a trailer to get professional training to promote road safety and support those businesses.

Businesses who have been affected by these changes are advised to seek further advice and support from the Business Support Line at www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline

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