As DVSA stated on 16 September, some rules about learning to drive a lorry are going to change later in 2021.
The changes affect:
- staging requirements for lorry and bus licences
- the off-road manoeuvres part of vocational driving tests being done by third-parties
Subject to Parliamentary processes, both changes will be introduced on Monday 15 November 2021.
DVSA updated the guidance on GOV.UK about how the changes work. It includes new information about what your pupils will need to do if they already have a provisional licence for category C and want a provisional CE licence.
DVSA will continue to give updates as they prepare for the changes next month.
Changes to car and trailer tests
As stated in September there will be new rules about towing a trailer or caravan with a car later in 2021.
The new rules will mean that people who passed their car driving test from 1 January 1997 will be allowed to tow trailers up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM).
Subject to Parliamentary processes, this change will be introduced on Monday 15 November 2021.
DVSA have updated the guidance on GOV.UK about how the changes work.
Vocational trainer webinars
DVSA will be holding a series of webinars for vocational trainers in October and November to update you on:
- Off-road manoeuvres
- B+E changes being introduced
- B+E accreditation scheme
- MoD and new examiners
- Skills boot camp (DfE)
DVSA will keep you up-to-date on these meetings and let you know when they will be held and how to book a place.