Drivers are now allowed to tow trailers and caravans without the need for additional testing or training. The driving law change means that otorists can tow caravans or trailers up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).
Given the removal of the tests, it is feared that younger, more inexperienced drivers could drive dangerously with an even larger load attached to their car.
Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, criticised the move, saying more should have been done in the time after the delay.
He said: “After delaying the introduction of changes to towing laws we were hoping to see steps taken to mitigate the risks associated with the freedom to tow a caravan or trailer without taking an additional test.
“Instead, it seems that the advice could cause further confusion, with drivers advised to take additional training but not having the option of then taking a test.
“We once again urge first time towers to be extra vigilant and encourage those thinking about towing a trailer or caravan to undertake training.
“While this training may not lead to the passing of a formal test, it will hold the benefit of keeping roads safer, especially in the winter months when snow and ice become a consideration.”
The National Accident Helpline is urging drivers to be extra vigilant and encouraging those thinking about towing a trailer or caravan to undertake training.
The DVLA launched a public consultation which looked into towing laws.
It found that 64.9 percent of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with allowing car drivers to tow a trailer without an additional test.
In total, 5,216 people said they strongly agreed with the rule change out of just 9,475 respondents showing widespread support for the scheme.
The consultation did, however, find that over 5,000 participants believed drivers would still want some training before towing a trailer, even if this was not mandatory.