The Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) is urging British motorists to make sure they know the rules when it comes to towing a caravan before they set off on their summer break
According to the organisation, the UK’s tourism sector is expecting a bumper year in terms of the number of Brits who are choosing to explore their own country this year rather than jetting off overseas. In fact, bookings for caravan holidays are up by 16 per cent on 2018.
But the DVLA wants drivers to make sure they understand the rules when it comes to towing a caravan and to check that their licence allows them to do so.
If you’re not sure whether your licence allows you to tow a caravan, you can check on the DVLA website. This will be able to tell you the weight allowance you’re able to tow.
Lynette Rose, policy and communications director at DVLA Strategy, commented: “It’s important that all motorists know what their driving licence allows them to drive and if they’re entitled to tow.”
There’s also useful advice about towing on the Gov.uk website. For instance, you need to ensure that any towing equipment you use meets specific safety standards and that you’re using it correctly.
You could be banned from driving, get three penalty points on your licence and be landed with a fine of up to £2,500 if you’re caught using a vehicle that’s in a dangerous condition.
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