No change to towing rules for Northern Ireland

No change to towing rules for Northern Ireland
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04-11-2021

It has recently been announced that the need to complete a test to tow trailers up to 3,500kgs MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) in England, Scotland & Wales will be removed.

One of the reasons behind the decision to remove the trailer tests in GB is to support the haulage industry. The industry has been facing significant pressure due to a shortage of drivers. By removing the requirement for trailer tests, an additional 50,000 HGV lorry tests will be made available in GB each year to support the industry.

However, the Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon has confirmed there will be no change for Northern Irish drivers, and a test must still be taken and passed before a driver can tow a trailer that weighs more than 750kg MAM.

Towing a trailer greater than 750kg MAM risks a fine of up to £1000, a driving ban, and up to six penalty points.