Starting April 1, people in China can apply for a special driving license for certain types of recreational vehicles (RVs).
The brand new C6 driving license permits its holders to operate light towing trailers that weigh up to 4,500 kgs in total mass.
The applicants must hold C1 or C2 driving licenses with less than 12 points deducted in the current and preceding 12-month cycle.
Holders of C1 and C2 driving licenses can drive passenger cars and trucks up to 6 meters long and less than 4,500kg in mass, but there are restrictions on how many seats are inside the vehicles.
The majority of people who drive private cars have either license.
C1 and C2 license holders in China are not allowed to tow trailers weighing less than 700kg in mass with no human inside.
The C6 driving license is only available to those between the ages of 20 and 69. However, those who are 60 to 69 years old must pass additional tests for their ability to drive.
All applicants must take a written test on traffic regulations and a driving test to assess their ability to back up, zig-zag-driving, and make right-angle turns.
The drivers who hold A2 driving licenses for heavy trailers and have been downgraded to lower-class permits due to age or voluntarily can apply for a C6 license without taking a test.
The carmakers have high hopes for the RV market in China because sales of these vehicles have dramatically increased over the last few years.
There were around 3,500 RV camping spots in China as of 2020, and the number of newly purchased RVs in the country surpassed 100,000 by the end of 2019.
This article originally appeared on SHINE News.