Consultation outcome

Changes to HGV and bus driving tests and allowing car drivers to tow a trailer without an extra test

Applies to England, Scotland and Wales

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

We received 9,541 responses to the consultation. Ministers decided to introduce the amendments as proposed, along with introducing effective mitigation measures and making the necessary legislative changes.

Feedback received

Detail of feedback received

We received 9,541 responses to the consultation. This document is a summary of some of the feedback we received.

Original consultation

Summary

Seeking views on changes to HGV and minibus, bus and coach driving tests, and allowing car drivers to tow trailers without taking another test.

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Consultation description

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is seeking views on proposals to:

  • allow drivers to take one test to drive both a rigid and articulated lorry, rather than having to pass a test in a rigid lorry first, and then another in an articulated lorry
  • allow drivers who want to use a bus or coach to tow a trailer to take one test with a trailer, rather than having to pass a test without a trailer first
  • allow the off-road manoeuvres part of the test to be assessed by the driver training industry
  • allow car drivers to tow a trailer without having to take another test

Documents

Published 10 August 2021
Last updated 25 April 2022 + show all updates
  1. Published the full response to the consultation.

  2. Added 'Summary of public feedback on proposals to change HGV and bus driving tests and allow car drivers to tow trailers without a test'.

  3. First published.