Karin Smyth MP chaired the inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Trailer and Towing Safety on 30th April 2019. As part of the meeting, the National Towing Working Group, chaired by Highways England, launched their first ever Safety Framework, with the aim of reducing towing-related incidents, both business and leisure related, across the GB road network.
It follows an amendment to the Haulage Permits and Trailer Registration Act requiring the government to collect data on trailer related incidents and ongoing talks with ministers over further potential changes to legislation.
The DVSA recently issued new guidelines for towing safety and launched the #TowSafe4Freddie campaign to help raise awareness among drivers. The name refers to a young child who was killed by a trailer being towed in her Bristol constituency.
The DVSA guidance can be found by clicking here.
The APPG brings together cross-party MPs, industry representatives and consumer groups. The group, for which the National Caravan Council (NCC) is the secretariat, will discuss a programme of work and discuss the Department for Transport’s trailer safety report, which will be published in July.