No need for a trailer test anymore?

Is this true or fake news
Its true

I think its good and bad news alot of people cant drive their car never mind drive it with a trailer, but on the other hand alot of young farmers are towing nearly 20 ton about on a tractor and cant tow more than 750kg behind a car.


Livestock Farmer
The North
true just googled it,

What will change later in 2021

The law is going to change later in 2021. It will mean that if you passed your car driving test from 1 January 1997, you’ll be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg MAM without taking a car and trailer driving test.

Car and trailer driving tests are stopping ahead of the law changing. This means you can no longer book or take a car and trailer driving test from 20 September 2021. However, the law will not change until later in autumn 2021.

wife did it last spring, shes not happy...
The times Ive backed a trailer onto narrow drives and the customers have said ,,well my hubby cant back his little trailer at the skip site ,,well no ,,because your hubby hasnt been doing it for the last 45 years like I have .
Its going to look like the episode of top gear when they towed a caravan ,,a right fiasco
Nothing worse than a little trailer though. I dont think alot of people realise it 10x easier reversing a 30ft trailer compared to a 5ft one.

melted welly

I just did mine last year after driving the cattle box without for over 15 years. What an extraction of urine this is!

Edit: also who in their right mind will pay for training now? Nobody that’s who.

I’ve got an apprentice, he’s booked to do his course and test on Monday.

Training provider phoned today asking if wanted to cancel. We decided to leave it as is and for him to do the course and test. We got a training fund for him to use, so it’s no skin off our nose, but also I can’t see a negative with him doing it.

If he does it, he has a record of official training, so if something happens down the line, I’ve shown due diligence as an employer and the guy is trained to a standard.

I think there will be insurance companies looking at this in horror, and fair chance THEY will be the ones who keep the training providers in business with certificates of competence.


I would suspect it’s just not enough people who want to do it to make it viable to test for it?

I wouldn’t agree with that. There’s a hell of a lot of people who need to tow a trailer, not just farmers, but any builders need a trailer or to tow diggers etc, Young families with caravans, people with garage business with recovery sidelines, car dealerships. There’s massive need for trailers out there and most will have under 40 year old employees.

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...