What Are The Rules On Towing Caravans?
The August bank holiday is just around the corner, which means
many Brits will be hitting the road next Friday to enjoy a long weekend
caravanning with their families.
However, it is important that holidaymakers remember to check
the rules regarding towing to make sure they do not find themselves on the
wrong side of the law during their relaxing break.
This is particularly important as more and more people are
arranging caravan holidays these days, with figures from the Caravan and Motorhome Club showing bookings are 16 per cent higher in 2019 than they were
last year. Indeed, British tourists spend 50 million nights travelling in
555,000 touring caravans, demonstrating just how popular this form of holiday is
becoming in the UK.
Despite this, many are not aware of the strict laws when it comes to towing, with rules varying depending on when motorists passed their driving test.
Lynette Rose, policy and communications director for the Driver
and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) Strategy, said: “It’s important that all
motorists know what their driving licence allows them to drive and if they’re
entitled to tow.”
Those who passed their test before January 1st 1997
are able to drive a car and trail with a combined weight of 8,250 kg maximum
authorised mass (MAM).
However, drivers who passed the test on or after this date are
allowed to drive a vehicle up to 3,500 kg MAM with a trailer of 750 kg MAM. If
their trailer exceeds this weight, the combined MAM of the unit and the vehicle
cannot be more than 3,500 kg.
Motorists who got their licence after January 19th 2013 are also subject to size restrictions for their trailers, which they can find out by checking the licence requirements here.
It is growing increasingly important that people check their
weight limits as more holidaymakers are choosing to go on a caravan break than
ever before, according to Harvey Alexander, director of marketing at the
Caravan and Motorhome Club.
He said: “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
According to research from American Express, a fifth of UK adults are planning to take a trip in Britain or abroad next weekend to make the most of the three-day break, reported Yahoo! Finance.
Indeed, 36 per cent have even booked extra time off work to
extend their long weekend and make it a proper summer holiday.
Those who choose to vacation in Britain instead of jetting
abroad should check how heavy their vehicle and trailer are to ensure they do
not exceed the maximum weight allowances.
It is also important to stock up on essential caravan equipment
before heading off on a staycation. For a variety of caravan
accessories in Kent that can make your trip
easier and more enjoyable, take a look here.