Learner drivers to be allowed to take lessons driving on motorways

Learner drivers will be allowed to have driving lessons on motorways using a driving instructor car fitted with dual controls, it’s been revealed.

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Learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways before passing their driving test under new plans set out by Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

Currently learners can only have driving lessons on motorways after passing their driving test.

However, that is likely to change under the new proposals. Here is how the changes are expected to work.

How would the new voluntary motorway lessons with a qualified instructor work

Under the new plans, learner drivers would need to be:
Accompanied by an approved driving instructor
driving a car fitted with dual controls.

Any motorways lessons would be voluntary. It would be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough to have a motorway lesson.

Any change to the law would be well-publicised before coming into effect. Until then, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC, welcomed the plans, saying: ‘The casualty statistics tell us that motorways are our safest roads.

‘But they can feel anything but safe to a newly qualified driver heading down the slip road for the first time to join a fast-moving, often heavy flow of traffic.

‘Many are so intimidated by the motorway environment that they choose instead to use statistically more dangerous roads, so we welcome this move which will help new drivers get the training they need to use motorways safely.’

The proposal concerns cars only and would not apply to motorcyclists.

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