The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working on a new voluntary trailer training accreditation scheme that is looking to give motorists the necessary competency, skills and knowledge to ensure they are towing safely.
The DVSA and the Department for Transport (DfT) have been collaborating with the trailer training industry to create the National Council for Accredited Trailer Training – this will “oversee the scheme and set good towing practice”.
As well as this, the DVSA is working with trailer and training organisations who have said they would like to be an accrediting body – these would then be responsible for accrediting the trainers and running the scheme.
The government scrapped the B+E test in 2021 but is encouraging drivers to receive professional training prior to towing for the first time, as well as refreshing their skills.
It is hoped that the scheme will launch in March 2022 and it is set to offer drivers a core module, as well as “sector specific modules” based on their towing activities.
Mark Winn, Chief Driving Examiner at DVSA, said: “We’re strongly encouraging drivers wishing to tow for business or leisure to seek professional training before they start towing or if they need to refresh their towing skills.”
“The trailer training accreditation scheme will help ensure they have the right skills, knowledge and competencies to tow a trailer or caravan safely.”
You can find out more about towing here.
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We’re strongly encouraging drivers wishing to tow for business or leisure to seek professional training before they start towing or if they need to refresh their towing skills.