Driving Tests: Trailers

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 5th October 2021.

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Photo of Alan Chambers Alan Chambers UUP 2:30 pm, 5th October 2021

T9. Mr Chambers asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs who will know that, this autumn in GB, drivers will no longer be required to do a test to drive with a trailer, with the B+E category to be automatically updated on GB drivers’ licences, whether he has had any discussions with the Minister for Infrastructure about the possible removal of the trailer test here to help bring down waiting lists for car and HGV tests. (AQT 1649/17-22)

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

No, I have not, but I would support its removal. People need to have driven a vehicle for a period and to have had a bit of experience on the roads before they drive with a trailer. Most mature adults will, however, be capable of driving with a trailer.

Photo of Alan Chambers Alan Chambers UUP

I thank the Minister for his answer. Does he know the legal position on insurance for GB drivers wanting to drive in Northern Ireland with a trailer?

Photo of Edwin Poots Edwin Poots DUP

I am loathe to say what the position is, because I have not had it printed out and clarified. The Infrastructure Minister may be best placed to respond to that question, but I will seek to identify the position. I will raise with the Minister the Member's question about our following suit and doing something similar.