Questions in the House about the upcoming changes to driving licences

22, October 2021

Virginia CrosbieConservative MP for Ynys Môn tabled the following question:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the new rules for towing a trailer or caravan with a car from autumn 2021, published September 2021, what assessment he made of the potential risk to road safety that (a) car drivers would no longer need to take a test to tow a trailer and (b) that the test would be shorter and would no longer include the coupling and uncoupling exercise in the test.”

It was answered on 20 October by Trudy Harrison,Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Road safety remains of paramount importance, and we are already working with training providers to explore options for an industry-led accreditation scheme for trailer training. This could offer a standardised training and assessment approach, keeping driving and towing skills current and of a high standard …

“We have made provision in the regulations for post implementation review of the change in the rules, with the first review after three years. We will gather data during that period and monitor the impact on road safety and make changes if needed in the light of that review.”

Source: Hansard

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