TOWING A TRAILER - NEW RULES FROM DECEMBER 2021

31/01/2020

We have a variety of double cab pick-ups at Berkshire Van Hire including the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Toyota Hilux Invincible.  All our pickups come with a tow bar and rear shutters to keep any equipment or luggage you are carrying dry!

If you are towing then we can provide you with a spare number plate and an adaptor however it will be the customer’s responsibility to check that they hold the correct licence for the weight of the trailer and load that they plan to carry.  The insurance cover we provide will only cover the vehicle and will not cover any goods or the trailer and its contents.

Please take a look at the gov.uk website for guidance on what you can tow and the new rules from 16th December 2021 that affects those who passed their driving test from 1st January 1997 onwards ( https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-rules-for-towing-a-trailer-or-caravan-with-a-car-from-autumn-2021 )

What does this mean for me?

The new rules from December 2021 will not affect those who passed their test before the 1st January 1997 who are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass).  Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) refers to the weight of a trailer or vehicle including the maximum load that can be safely carried.  The MAM is also known as the gross vehicle weight (GVW).


As of 16th December 2021, people who passed their test after 1st January 1997 can now tow a trailer up to 3,500kg MAM.  However, when you are towing you should also make sure that the trailer and intended load will not go over the towing vehicle’s Gross Train Weight (GTW) which is the total allowable or safe weight of the vehicle plus a trailer plus any load.

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