This summer, older drivers will be subjected to new caravan and motorhome laws.
OLDER drivers will have more flexibility to tow caravans and motorhomes than younger drivers, with certain motorists facing penalties if they do not follow the rules.
Drivers who completed their exams after 1997 are subjected to a whole different set of restrictions when it comes to towing than those who passed before 1997. It means that drivers born after 1980 are subject to stricter regulations, which may jeopardize summer vacation plans.
Drivers who passed their test after January 1, 1997 can only tow up to 750kg, according to GOV.UK.
Drivers can pull a trailer weighing more than 750kg as long as the total weight of the trailer and towing vehicle does not exceed 3,500kg.
“If you passed your car driving test on or after January 1, 1997, you can:” they said.
Drive a car or van with a maximum approved mass (MAM) of up to 3,500kg while towing a trailer with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of up to 750kg.
Tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg MAM as long as the trailer and towing vehicle’s combined MAM does not exceed 3,500kg.
MAM is the maximum weight that a vehicle can carry when fully loaded.
Meanwhile, according to GOV.UK, drivers with licenses granted before January 1, 1997 have a maximum towing capacity of nearly 8,000kg.
“If you passed your driving test before January 1, 1997, you can normally drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM,” they claimed.
“Check the details on your driver’s license.
“You can also drive a minibus with a trailer weighing more than 750kg MAM.”
Some drivers may find it difficult to travel with larger trailers this summer due to the 3,500kg limit.
Because most medium-sized caravans weigh roughly 2,000kg, drivers don’t have much room to account for their vehicle and large gear.
Penalties will very certainly be imposed on drivers who disobey the regulations and exceed their maximum weight.
These penalties can include a £1,000 fine or three penalty points on their driver’s license.
If you want to pull anything heavier, you must pass the vehicle and trailer driving test, according to GOV.UK.
The exam will indicate how safe you are behind the wheel with a trailer and how well you can park safely.
The test will also ensure that drivers can securely uncouple their trailer when they come to a halt.
Drivers who want to transport even larger products must pass an additional Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) exam.
“Brinkwire Summary News” will be available once they have passed this test.