New Rules could cut out Test for Horsebox Drivers

New rules being considered by the Depart of Transport could mean drivers could drive horseboxes up to 7.5t without taking an additional test – and horse owners can have their say in a public consultation.

The government proposal could see the return of ‘Grandfather rights’ which would allow those who passed their test before 1 January 1997 automatically being allowed to drive larger vehicles. At the moment, only vehicles weighing up to 3.5t can be driven by drivers with a standard licence, unless they take an additional test.

The rule change is being considered in a bid to “streamline driver licensing and support jobs’’. This had already led to the decision to scrap the need for an additional test for those who want to tow trailers – good news for anyone with a towable horse box.

The government is now consulting on this proposal until 28 October – and you can have your say at

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