'Safe towing' scheme targets building sector

The building sector is being urged by the UK Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to get trailer training before towing a vehicle to make sure their employees and other road users stay safe on the country's roads.
Quarry Products / May 20, 2022
By Liam McLoughlin
The DVSA is encouraging new and experienced drivers in the construction sector to get the accredited training
The DVSA is encouraging new and experienced drivers in the construction sector to get the accredited training

It follows the launch of a new industry-led trailer training accreditation scheme which is designed to provide drivers with the skills and knowledge they need to tow safely. The DVSA says it is vital that all motorists, including professional drivers, towing any kind of trailer do their part to keep Britain’s road safe.

The training scheme covers large and small trailers, with specific modules focusing on different types of trailer use, such as horseboxes, plant trailers and car transporters.  

The DVSA is encouraging people who are new to towing in the building sector - as well as drivers who have been towing for many years but could benefit from a refresher - to get accredited training.

It adds that stakeholder feedback reveals that many businesses who use trailers will continue to encourage their drivers to get training but it’s also important to make sure drivers keep on top of these skills and refresh their knowledge. Using a training provider who is accredited under the new scheme will help reinforce existing knowledge and keep driver skills up to date.  
The Government changed the law around driver training as part of 33 measures to increase HGV testing capacity and tackle the shortage of lorry drivers on UK roads. The DVSA says the measures have been a success with the number of driving tests increased by 90% compared to pre-pandemic levels and over 11,000 more people trained to become HGV drivers through our new HGV Skills Bootcamps.

The Department for Transport (DfT) and DVSA are supporting the scheme and promoting the benefits of getting professional training. Further details about towing safely are available on GOV.UK.

The scheme will be monitored and regularly reviewed by the National Council for Accredited Trailer Towing, which DVSA is a member of. DVSA has recognised 3 bodies to provide accreditation to training providers.