As it stands currently what you are allowed to tow depends on when you passed your driving test. However the new rules, due to be implemented later this year, mean that anyone who passed their test after 1 January 1997 will now be able to tow a trailer that is up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (or maximum technical permitted laden mass as it applies to caravans) without taking an additional test.
This change brings the towing weight limits for this group of drivers’ in-line with those people who passed their driving test before this date. The current additional B+E driving test will therefore be scrapped.
Full details on these new rules can be found on the following link on the Government web site:
Please note that these rules only apply if you live in England, Scotland or Wales. Different guidelines are in place in Northern Ireland
Drivers will still need to follow the current rules until the new laws come into effect later this year (date to be confirmed). Breaking the present law and trying to tow something heavier beforehand could lead to a fine of up to £1,000, up to 6 points on your licence and even a driving ban.