Last month, the UK government announced its plans to end the driving tests for cars and trailers from September 20. The test for the vehicle and trailer, or the B+E test, must be passed by drivers to tow a trailer or caravan on the road.
After the change, drivers who have passed their car tests from January 1, 1997, can operate a vehicle that weighs up to 3,500kg MAM with a trailer towing as much as 750kg MAM.
The move was believed to ease the pressure on the drivers of HGVs who are in short supply.
Coventry Trailer Training is among the most prominent companies that offer B+E trailer and car test education in the Midlands. However, it has been affected by the government’s decision to end tests.
The firm’s spokesperson explained how the decision to stop tests has affected their business and how it could affect the safety of drivers.
“There are going to be people just hooking heavy stuff up, large trailers, and off they go with no training.”
There is, however, some hope for groups that train thanks to the increase in demand for caravans and recreational vehicles during the summer.