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Drive calls for Australia to implement a towing license

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Drive calls for Australia to implement

a towing licence

 

Sydney, Wednesday 6th December 2023 – With road traffic about to hit seasonal highs across Australia, leading automotive network Drive.com.au, is calling for a nationally recognised towing endorsement for Australian drivers' licences as a crucial step toward safer driving.

 

Australians have a long-standing affinity for towing and caravanning. With the rising cost of living and off the back of Covid-19 restrictions, caravanning has seen a rise in popularity. Despite increasing numbers of towed vehicles on our roads, there is no required training or restrictions for towing vans for those who hold a full licence in Australia. This means that anyone with a C Class license in Australia can tow one of the 800,000 caravans, campervans and camper trailers registered to be on our roads.

 

James Ward, Director of Content at Drive said: “The first towing experience many Australians have is the moment they drive out of the caravan dealership with their new caravan, campervan or camper trailer hitched to the back of their vehicle. They are learning to tow while driving and often on busy roads in holiday periods.

 

“Before towing, drivers need to know how to handle substantial weights. They need to understand and experience how both their vehicle and the towed vehicle respond in different situations and they need to understand the impact of weights. That’s why Drive has launched this petition,” added Ward.

 

Daniel Sahlberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Caravan Industry of Victoria explained: “Caravanning is a multi-generation Australian way of holidaying, however, over the past decade caravans and RVs have increased in both length and weight.

 

“The five-metre pop-top vans of the past have been largely replaced by vans measuring almost 10 metres and weighing over 3,500 kilograms. Just as greater driver skills and knowledge are needed to tow these longer heavier vans, regulation needs change to keep pace with the ever-evolving – and growing – caravan market,”  added Sahlberg.

 

Get in the know before you tow

For the novice tower, Drive recommends getting in the know about the following three areas before you set off over the holiday period:

 

  1. Know how to get hitched

Know and understand how to hitch the van or towed vehicle onto the car so that it fully locked in. The chains may be connected but if the hitch is not locked the towed vehicle will drop to the ground upon movement or when the car hits a bump.

 

  1. Know your weights

Know and understand the weight capacities of your car, your caravan, camper or trailer, and understand how to load the weight across your vehicle and caravan so each works together.

 

  1. Know your conditions

Know and understand the weather conditions before you drive. Rain and lightning conditions are important, but wind can take hold of the van or towed vehicle and make the driver lose control.

 

Ward concluded: “At Drive, we are focused on providing advice to drivers and helping them get the most out of their car. But we believe education is just one step to safe towing. The implementation of a towing endorsement is an important step toward a more aware and responsible attitude for drivers on our road.”

 

To join Drive’s call for a national towing licence and sign the petition head to: https://www.change.org/p/implement-a-nationally-recognised-towing-endorsement-for-australian-driver-s-licences

 

 

ENDS

 

Press contacts:

Hayley O’Grady

Drive.com.au

E: hayley.ogrady@drive.com.au

Ph: 0420 894 664

Rochelle Abdallah

Sefiani

E: rabdallah@sefiani.com.au

Ph: 0435 888 669

 

 

ABOUT DRIVE 

Established in 1996, Drive.com.au is Australia’s leading authoritative and trusted automotive destination. An information rich marketplace for everything automotive consumers need to help them research, buy and sell a car. 



Drive’s ambition is to deliver the best of what's next in all things automotive. Drive’s expansive media network informs, entertains and influences over 4 million Australians each month seeking the latest car knowledge, recommendation and driving lifestyle content, across its multi-channel online, print, broadcast TV and radio platforms. Drive’s experienced editorial team reviews all new cars in the Australian market, showcasing the best of every vehicle type in its prestigious annual Drive Car of the Year awards, in its 18th year in 2024.



Drive is fully owned by the Nine Entertainment group. Experience Drive daily on nine.com.au, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, WA Today, Nine Now and regularly hear the Drive commentary team on 2GB, 3AW, 6PR, 4BC, MMM and 2CC. Launched in 2022 Drive TV is broadcast on Nine, Nine HD, RUSH and NineGem, and will air series seven, eight and nine, with additional special event episodes and program integrations in 2024.

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